Clemens enjoys teaching young players
By Steve Bunin
Yesterday, Roger Clemens told CSN-Houston in an exclusive - his first TV interview since the Hall of Fame vote - that he's frustrated by the writers decision (only 37.6% voted Clemens in, less than half of the total necessary for induction into Cooperstown), but that even if he never gets in, it won't change his life.
Now, he turns his attention to his increased role with the Houston Astros.
He’ll be with the team, in uniform, in spring training, and will also work with major & minor leaguers throughout the regular season.
Clemens told CSN that GM Jeff Luhnow is allowing him to make an impact the best way he knows how, saying, “I like the teaching aspect more than the coaching... I know guys do both, but I like to teach and be hands-on.”
In the past, Clemens said he often has done informal instruction work at his personal home in the Houston area.
“This week I'll have six (major-leaguers), three minor leaguers, and about 10 college kids to my house to throw or do some stuff,” said Clemens. “To be honest, I worked with a lot of guys in the big leagues previously, and by work, I really mean just visiting with them, maybe show 'em the splitter. I’ve always said, ‘Don't say anything.’ I'm rooting for Houston, you know?”
Clemens is in the sixth year of a 10-year personal-services contract with the team.
But this is the first year the Astros are putting the 7-time Cy Young Award winner to work on a consistent basis.