Clemens to pitch to son Koby in next start

Clemens to pitch to son Koby in next start

Clemens to pitch to son Koby in next start
Roger Clemens' second start for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters will take on some extra significance for the 50-year-old hurler.

That's because he will be pitching to Koby Clemens, his 25-year-old son and a Minor Leaguer in the Blue Jays' organization. The Skeeters, who play in the Atlantic League, announced on Wednesday that the younger Clemens will join the club as a catcher on Friday, when it returns home from its current road trip.

That's the same day Roger Clemens is scheduled to take the mound against the Long Island Ducks. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner, who last played professionally in 2007, tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his Skeeters debut on Aug. 25.

"First off, I want to thank the Toronto Blue Jays for the opportunity they gave me this year. It was some solid baseball and I enjoyed working hard for them," Koby Clemens said in a statement.

"I also want to thank them for allowing me this opportunity to catch my pops in what should be a fun-filled event in Sugar Land. We've had the opportunity to work alongside each other a few years back but never in a pitcher-catcher battery. I'm looking forward to this and hope everyone looking on enjoys it."

The father-son duo played together briefly in 2006 with the Astros' Class A Lexington affiliate, but Koby Clemens was a third baseman at the time. The Astros selected him in the eighth round of the '05 First-Year Player Draft, and he has made it as far as Triple-A with the Houston organization.

He split time between high Class A and Double-A for the Blue Jays this season, batting .246 with an .800 OPS in 64 games overall.

"This is cool stuff," Roger Clemens said in the statement. "Having Koby, my oldest son, back there to catch a game will be great. I'm glad he's getting the opportunity to do so. We will have many special guests there to watch. Thanks again to Sugar Land!"

Andrew Simon is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.