The Ducks will match wits with seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens on Friday night in Connecticut.
Clemens will guest-manage the Bridgeport Bluefish in their Atlantic League game against the Ducks at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The former Yankee will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and participate in a pre-game meet-and-greet with fans, according to a Bridgeport press release.
This is not Clemens’ first go-round in the Atlantic League. He pitched in two games with the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2012, coming out of retirement to play with his son, Koby, who was a catcher on the team. Clemens, then 50, pitched eight scoreless innings over those two games, allowed three hits and struck out three.
Clemens is the second would-be Hall of Famer to guest-manage the Bluefish. Pete Rose did it in 2014. Former women’s fastpitch softball great Jennie Finch became the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team when she guest-managed the Bluefish in May.
The Independent Atlantic League, while not affiliated with Major League Baseball, does boast a collection of former big leaguers. Former Met Endy Chavez plays for Bridgeport. Ruben Gotay, another former Met, and former Twin Lew Ford both play for the Ducks.
The Ducks, who won the first half Liberty Division championship, clinching an automatic berth in the playoffs, sent former major-leaguer Sean Burroughs to the Bluefish earlier this week in exchange for former Yankee pitcher D.J. Mitchell. Friday night will be the first meeting between the two teams since the trade.