Roger Clemens’ Son Makes MLB Pitching Debut — It Doesn’t Go Well

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers found themselves in such a deep hole that they spared their bullpen from unnecessary strain and plucked stand-in pitchers wherever they could find them.

Down 11-0 to the White Sox in the top of the eighth inning, the Tigers turned to utility player Kody Clemens, whom they had recently called up from the minors.

ROGER CLEMENS’ SON, KODY, GETS CALL UP FROM DETROIT TIGERS

Though the son of legendary MLB ace Roger Clemens, Kody typically plays every position except pitcher. Fair or unfair, he strode to the mound on Wednesday with high expectations, considering his family tree.

He didn’t meet them.

In one inning, he surrendered one earned run on four hits and a walk. Though he threw 10 strikes, his fastest pitch topped out at 49.7 MPH. In other words, Kody was basically throwing BP. Take a look:

Hardly an impressive Major League pitching debut, but then he’s not a pitcher. And he allowed just one run. The previous pitchers — guys paid millions of dollars to keep opponents from scoring — gave up 11. So we’ll give Kody a pass.

At least as far as pitching goes. So far in the Bigs, he hasn’t done much at the plate either. He has an average of just .087 and an on-base percentage of .160. Now he has a 9.00 ERA to boot.

DETROIT TIGERS FUNNNELING MONEY FOR TRANS SURGERIES FOR KIDS

So he’s struggling for now, but at just 26, he still has plenty of time to come into his own. Plus, he already has his first Major League hit, a solid single to right field:

So he has potential.

Now, let’s look back and remember some of Papa Roger’s glory days:

 

Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.

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