Major Leaguers Who Can’t Let Go

Kenny Powers isn’t the only guy to flush his career down the toilet, then desperately look for a way back in. Roger Clemens, 50, recently pitched for the Atlantic League’s Sugarland Skeeters. He and Jose Canseco are just two of many baseball has-beens who kept going way past their prime…

Oil Can Boyd At the age of 45, Oil Can came out of retirement to pitch for the Brockton Rox of Can-Am League. In 2007 he had his own barnstorming squad, the Oil Can Boyd All-Star Team.

Jose Canseco Canseco might be squaring off against “Oil Can” in the Can-Am league. He signed a lucrative one-year, $1,000-per-month contract with the Worcester Tornadoes.

Ozzie Canseco Jose’s bro had an inauspicious MLB career that included a grand total of zero home runs. Since then, he’s bounced around indie leagues, Japan and Korea, in addition to impersonating his brother at trade shows and, allegedly, in bed with Jose’s wife.

Roger Clemens No word on what the Rocket is getting paid to pitch for the Skeeters, but it’s conceivably as high as the low four figures. Per month!

John Rocker John “Kenny Powers Except Sad and Horrifying Instead of Funny” Rocker went to the Atlantic League in 2005, preparing for the rigorous competition by training with a high school team. The proof is in the pudding: an ERA of 6.50 over 23 games.

Rickey Henderson In 2003, the ever-confident Henderson spent a season with the Atlantic League’s Newark Bears and later signed with the Dodgers during the All-Star break. He joined the San Diego Surf Dawgs in 2005, waiting for another contract in the Show that never came.

Pete Rose Jr. Not exactly a chip off the old block, Junior played 11 games in the bigs, connecting 11 times for a .143 average. Bizarrely, the second hit made the Roses the hitting-est father-son duo in the majors for a time. Rose’s best season was in AA and he currently manages a rookie-level team, the Appalachian League’s Bristol White Sox.

Daryl Strawberry The Straw played for the American Association’s St. Paul Saints whilst trying to get his proverbial shit together.

Jim Bouton Bouton is a strange case. He didn’t hang around indie ball stinking up the place. He just wanted to get back to the Show after being blackballed for his no-b.s. book, Ball Four, one of the first places to document Mickey Mantle’s drinking habit.

Bill Lee Despite having played his rookie year alongside Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, Lee signed up to suit up alongside Oil Can on the Brockton Rox in 2010.