SUGAR LAND, Texas—Five years after throwing his last pitch in a major league game, and two months after he was found not guilty of perjury in a steroid scandal, Roger Clemens spoke about his chances of getting into baseball’s Hall of fame.
“I can’t control it,” Clemens told “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose Thursday. “It’s not going to change my life either way.”
Clemens answered questions live on TV via a remote shot from the Sugar Land ballpark he’ll pitch in this weekend. He returns to pro baseball as the newest member of the Skeeters, a Houston suburb minor league team.
When asked if he had aspirations to return to the big leagues, he wouldn't say "yes" or "no," only that he had more "fun things planned."
It was his first national TV interview since his acquittal in June, Clemens said, “The Hall of Fame is great. I’ve got a lot of great buddies there. The guys that are there paved the way for me to do what I love to do and make a lot of money doing it, take care of my family.
The 7-time Cy Young Award winner retired in 2007 after playing 23 seasons for four teams in his career.
In a 2008 interview with Mike Wallace for “60 Minutes,” Clemens denied allegations by his former trainer Brian McNamee that he’d taken performance-enhancing drugs as a player. “Never,” Clemens told Wallace. “I’ve trained hard my entire career. It just didn’t happen.”
Clemens repeated his denial under oath to Congress later that year.
Government prosecutors said that was a lie, and took Clemens to court twice. The first attempt ended in mistrial. He was acquitted of all charges this past June.