On April 16, McGrady made his debut, as he pitched one inning with the Sugar Land Skeeters in an exhibition game Wednesday against Alvin Community College.
In McGrady’s lone inning of work, he threw 15 pitches (9 strikes, 6 balls), giving up one run on three hits.
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 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. Time will tell, whether his skills at baseball good enough to back up his passion for the game.
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