Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has been working out preparing for baseball season since the winter. He started training with former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic Independent League in 2013. McGrady, whose fastball is rumored to be as fast as 90 mph, decided to try out for the team and has been working with them throughout spring training.
McGrady found out Wednesday that he had in fact made the team. There were no guarantees for the seven-time NBA All-Star. He had to prove himself and he was successful. On Wednesday the Skeeters’ manager Gary Gaetti told KRIV-TV in Houston that,
“Tracy is on the team. He’s just done what needed to be done since the idea came about. He showed enough progress. He showed enough ability and we’re going to see where this goes.”
McGrady has said that he has always loved baseball. He played baseball from the age of five years old through high school but switched to basketball after transferring to a school that did not have a baseball program.
The six-foot-eight, 34-year-old basketball star made his first start last week in a scrimmage against the Alvin Community College Team pitching one inning in which he gave up three hits and one run. It’s going to be interesting to see how McGrady does over the course of the season. Even though it is unlikely he will ever play in the major leagues at least he is going to get to play another game he loves at a professional level.
The Skeeters’ season opener is Thursday against Lancaster.