Brockton, MA’s entry in the indie Can-Am League has already demonstrated a nose for publicity, what with sending former Red Sox P Oil Can Boyd to the mound, and attempting to sign the likes of Theo Epstein and Roger Clemens. None of the above stunts, however are as likely to result in fantastic blog-fodder as the item below, reported by MLB.com’s Dan Mennella.
Bill Lee, the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos lefty dubbed “The Spaceman” for his unorthodox behavior, signed a contract with the Brockton Rox on Monday and is scheduled to pitch against the Worcester Tornadoes on Sept. 5.
Lee is a veteran of 14 big league seasons, the first 10 with Boston and the final four with Montreal. The southpaw went 119-90 with a 3.62 ERA in his career, playing his final game in the Majors at age 35 in 1982. Since then, he has remained active in baseball in semi-professional and senior leagues.