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Tracy McGrady starts minor-league All-Star Game, promptly retires from baseball

Jul 17, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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Tracy McGrady chased his dream — playing baseball.

The seven-time All-Star, high-flying dunker of NBA scoring lore gave up baseball to play hoops back in high school but always wanted to return to the sport he loved. This year he did, becoming a pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League in Texas. And he made it all the way to the All-Star Game in that league. Not legitimately, but he made it.

Then walked away from baseball. The legendary Aaron Gleeman of our sister site NBC’s Hardball Talk has the details.

(McGrady) started the league’s All-Star game, participated in the Home Run Derby … and then announced his retirement.

His starting the All-Star game was purely a stunt, because in four regular season appearances McGrady posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 10 batters in 6.2 innings without recording a single strikeout. Last night he tossed 1.1 innings and actually struck out the final batter he faced, which is a helluva coincidence I guess. He also hit zero homers in the Home Run Derby, so hopefully the fans in attendance really liked, I dunno, staring at McGrady in a baseball jersey or something.

Well, at least he gave it a shot.

Now we’ll see if he also has a passion for bowling.

  1. 13in35sports - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Say what you want about the dude at least he’s done something that he’s always wanted to do.

  2. handsomerob86 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    This leads me to believe that his whole baseball career was a stunt. I mean I knew there would be some bias cause hes TMac, but never striking ~anyone~ out, well its clear he didn’t have that much propensity for even the minors.

    • phillycannon - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      A stunt??? *blank stare*

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      He played for the same team that signed a 50 year old Roger Clemens. The Independent Leagues are all about entertainment… it’s not like he was blocking the development of some hot shot prospect in the actual minors. With his height, and overall athletic ability, he could have ended up being something, who knows.

  3. kpow55 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Very KP, don’t be surprised to see him back as a blonde.

  4. misremembered72 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I mean to start a new career in sports in your late 30s and have an ERA in the 6s isn’t thattttttt terrible. Rehabbing starting pitchers from the major leagues give up tons of runs, and that’s just from being rusty.

    Kudos to TMac

  5. mitchem85 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Rob, I guess reading comprehension isn’t your forte, and that’s ok! We all excel in different things…

    It says, “he struck out the last batter he faced” (He didn’t strike anyone out previously though)

    Hey, at least he can claim he got one!

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