Okay, here’s a crazy idea.
The Reds should try to sign Roger Clemens. That would help with this team’s pitching problem, wouldn’t it?
I can hear you now: “Why would Roger Clemens sign with the Cincinnati Reds?” Well, that’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked.
Two words: Koby Clemens. Roger’s son plays in the Houston Astros organization. This season, Koby is going to be playing with the Astros’ Class A Sally League affiliate in … Lexington, KY. What is that, a 90-minute drive from Cincinnati?
The Reds should offer Clemens a creative contract similar to the one he signed last year with the Astros, which would give him ample opportunity to spend time with his son. Entice him with the league’s best offense here in Cincinnati, and the run support he didn’t receive last year.
With an ace at the top of the rotation, this team should be a contender. So there’s your first assignment, new GM Wayne Krivski. Forget the Timo Perezes of the world; go sign Roger Clemens!
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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