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Tracy McGrady to make professional baseball debut Saturday night

May 10, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Saturday night, Tracy McGrady will take the mound as the starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team.

It’s the professional baseball debut for the seven-time NBA All-Star, a legendary scorer with high-flying dunks who scored more than 18,000 points and averaged 19.3 points a game over a 16-season career.

Now McGrady is trying a second career. He’s a right hander who will be throwing against the Somerset Patriots as part of the Atlantic League (an independent league, but one with names baseball fans know such as Lew Ford, Mark Hendrickson and Sean Burroughs).

While he flourished in basketball, he says he always loved baseball as well, playing it until he was a senior in high school. With his professional hoops career over (unless he wanted to pick up some checks for just showing up in China) he decided to chase his dream again. He got tips from and threw with Roger Clemons, and Skeeters officials said they clocked McGrady throwing up to 91 mph.

He’s not bound for the major leagues (although, have you seen the Astro’s pitching?) but he is getting to chase something he loves. You have to appreciate that.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    way cool! Go T-Mac!

  2. anonymous135 - May 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    and he didn’t need to be suspended to live out this dream..!

  3. musketmaniac - May 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    at the very least, I hope he gets a late September signing.

  4. 00maltliquor - May 11, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    You can’t really call it professional unless it’s a real MLB team. Can you? It’s misleading. Anyways, I hope he beasts out and gets onto a real team. That would be beyond cool.

    Skeeters though? You can’t be serious!!?? You know what that is?! LMFAO!

  5. dexterismyhero - May 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Did Hibbert tweet about the 2 runs he gave up?

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