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“I hope this helps,” Smith said. “I think voters should remember that he’s been acquitted of all charged and that he never tested positive. I hope this story dies down in future years.”

Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this since April. But he received another push toward the field early this summer when he visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida for a checkup.

“He said: `The MRI looked great. Your shoulder looks like you’re 30. You should go pitch _ just kidding,’” Clemens said Andrews told him.

It was then that he started thinking he could actually play for the Skeeters. After throwing for the team on Monday, where his fastball was clocked at 87, the multimillionaire got himself a new gig.

“We’re going to have fun with this and see if I can get through a few innings without Gary having to go to the bullpen, and we’ll see where it goes from there,” Clemens said.

Smith takes issue with those who think this is simply a media stunt. He said that the Skeeters regularly sell out Saturday night games and that there were only 500 tickets available for this Saturday’s game before Clemens was signed.

“I can understand why he’s doing it,” Smith said. “He loves baseball. He love the competition. Baseball has been his life and there’s no reason he shouldn’t try to continue it. If he’s successful it just adds to his legend, and if he’s not, it was fun.”