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San Jacinto College-North owns a rich winning tradition with a JUCO record five national championships, four runner-up positions, and two semi-finalist finishes.

San Jac baseball alumni include: five time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens, Cy Young runner-up Andy Pettitte, Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar, and numerous other MLB players such as: Rich Robertson, Chance Sanford, Blaine Beatty, and Jessie Hollins. San Jac annually places players on high profile four year college rosters such as Rice University, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, Texas A&M;, and University of Houston among the others.

Former Gators Pettitte And Clemens Come Home

Two former San Jacinto College North pitchers will once again figure prominently in the Houston Astros plans for 2005.

Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Gators in 1991, captured a Major League Baseball record seventh Cy Young Award in 2004. The “Rocket” went 18-4 for the Astros last year after inking a one-year $5 million (plus incentives) deal with the team.

He has signed for $18 for this 2005 season, a record salary for a Big League pitcher.

Although Clemens has won 328 career games in his 21 professional seasons and now ranks second on the all time strikeout list behind Nolan Ryan with 4,317, the 2004 season was special for the right-hander. Pitching in Houston in front of his hometown fans, Clemens registered 218 strikeouts, his highest total in six seasons. His 2.98 earned run average was one of the league’s lowest fi gures. His 18 wins was second on the team to Roy Oswalt’s 20.

Clemens, who was 9-2 during his freshman season at San Jacinto College North before moving on to the University of Texas, has also built a special relationship with his former college.

“Roger has always been very supportive of our program,” San Jacinto College North head coach Tom Arrington said. “Now that he is closer to home, he has offered to do anything he can to help out.

Roger is one of the greats of the game. We are fortunate to have him on our side.”

Another former Gator who is expected to have a big 2005 season for the Astros is left-hander Andy Pettitte.

The Deer Park resident signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Astros prior to the 2004 season but made just 15 starts while struggling with an elbow injury. Pettitte underwent surgery during the season and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Petttitte went 149-78 in nine seasons with the New York Yankees prior to coming to Houston. The four-time World Series winner holds the Major League Baseball record for postseason victories with 13.

At Deer Park High School in 1990, Pettitte pitched the Deer to within one win of the state title. He signed with the Gators in 1991 and won eight of 10 decisions before signing with the Yankees.

Pettitte and Clemens, who were teammates in New York, had always expressed a desire to pitch for their hometown Astros. As magical as 2004 was for Houston, these two former Gators could make 2005 even more special.

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