Tracy McGrady’s pro baseball debut – not so good


Ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady has finally made his professional baseball debut on May 10, with the indepedent-league Sugar Land Skeeters, going up against the Somerset Patriots.

McGrady allowed two hits and two runs in 1 innings and took the loss in his debut for the Skeeters.

The 34-year-old right-hander threw 35 pitches with 18 strikes and walked two in a 5-3 loss to the Somerset Patriots.

He allowed a single in the first inning before former major leaguer Edwin Maysonet hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the second.

While Mcgrady’s debut wasn’t an impressive one, the season has just started, and hopefully former NBA star will manage to improve his game.

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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