Roger Clemens has officially committed to working as an instructor and doing some scouting for the Astros this season. Jim Crane loves him some star power and he has finally landed a big fish. Now that Rocket’s schedule is no longer filled with Independent League starts and court appearances, he can begin honoring his personal services contract with the Astros.
Roger Clemens (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
While he was still wearing an Astros uniform, Clemens agreed to a ten-year personal services contract that would commence upon his retirement. Now that he’s been retired for five years, I guess it’s a good time to get started. Clemens met with Astros executives and coaches on Monday, resulting in the team’s announcement of Rocket’s new role.
Clemens will make at least two trips to Astros Spring Training, starting with Minor League Mini-Camp and including a stint working with the big league hurlers in late March. Roger will also spend time mentoring both major and minor league pitchers during the regular season. It’s also rumored that he will be doing some scouting for the club.
The group of young pitchers on the Astros roster will almost certainly benefit by having Clemens around. Bud Norris, Jarred Cosart, Lucas Harrell, and Ross Seaton are already forming a line to work with the 354-game winner.