BOSTON (CBS) — Even at the age of 53, Roger Clemens wants to toe the rubber once again.
And “The Rocket” will get another chance to launch, with Clemens being named to a roster of former big leaguers who will compete in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas next month.
The NBC World Series is a tournament mainly for college baseball summer teams, but now a group of retired ball players will see what they can do against the young pups. Clemens headlines the 25-man roster of the “Kansas Stars,” which also includes his 29-year-old son, Koby (the only player on the roster without big league experience).
Clemens will be the big draw, but the roster is chock-full of random names of yesteryear. Former Red Sox outfielders J.D. Drew (now 40 years old) and Carl Everett (45), and pitchers Josh Beckett (36) and Brad Penny (38) are also on the team (you can see the full Kansas Stars roster here). That lineup must have Red Sox fans wondering how long Beckett will last in his outing, and whether or not Everett will flip out at home plate (or at least argue about dinosaurs with his new teammates).
Most of the pitchers, now in various stages of retirement, are preparing to throw a maximum of three innings, but Clemens is eyeing a five-inning outing, according to former Detroit Tigers pitcher and organizer of the veteran team Nate Robertson. The team of former MLB stars will play their first game on August 6, two days after Clemens will turn 54th birthday.