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Clemens plans 'a good laugh' if needed about Piazza's book

Houston Astros special instructor Roger Clemens adjusts the

Houston Astros special instructor Roger Clemens adjusts the sunglasses on the back of his cap during a spring training workout in Kissimmee, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Even with Roger Clemens saying Tuesday he plans to write a book of his own in the near future, he still has no intention of picking up any pointers from Mike Piazza’s recent autobiography, “Long Shot,” despite his prominent role as a villainous Yankee.

“No, I don’t need to read it,” Clemens said. “If it’s too out of bounds, somebody will text me and we’ll have a good laugh over it.”

The part about Piazza wanting to take karate lessons to fight Clemens – after the Subway Series beaning incident – was funny. To this day, Clemens insists he didn’t drill Piazza in the helmet on purpose, but that remains a dubious claim.

“In 24 years, I think I missed above somebody’s shoulder about three times,” Clemens said. “So I think that’s pretty good.”

Clemens is in the Astros’ camp as a special instructor, and he also plans to help out in a scouting capacity, which Houston could use in the midst of its major rebuilding efforts.

“We’re picking first in the draft and there’s a couple of pitchers in consideration,” second-year GM Jeff Luhnow said, “Who better to help you evaluate pitching than Roger Clemens?”

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