Tracy McGrady expected to start as pitcher for Sugar Land Skeeters


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Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady will make his pro baseball debut on Saturday May 10, when he’ll be the starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters in an Atlantic League game against the Somerset Patriots.

The 34-year-old will be on a limited pitch count, according to manager and former MLB All-Star Gary Gaetti, SportsIllustrated reported.

The 6-foot-8 McGrady last pitched in an exhibition game in April, allowing three hits in one inning against Alvin Community College.

McGrady hasn’t played competitive baseball since his senior year of high school. However McGrady talked about his love of baseball frequently even when he was playing in the NBA.

McGrady retired, following a 15-year NBA career, which ended with a rather bleak short stay with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Playoffs in 2012-2013. He played in 15 NBA seasons, 4 of them with Orlando Magic.

McGrady was a 7-time NBA All-Star and led the NBA in scoring for 2 straight seasons (2002-2003, 2003-2004) with 32.1 ppg and 28.0 ppg respectively. He was also the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001.

He nearly won his first NBA title, but the Spurs lost to the Miami Heat in an epic seven-game finals series in June.

McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that started in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school.

Months before his debut, McGrady has already been working out and training with baseball coaches, preparing himself for the challenge.

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