Tracy McGrady to start pro baseball career

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Sugar Land, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady will start his professional baseball career Thursday in the Sugar Land Skeeters’ season opener against Lancaster at Constellation Field.

He was among 27 players retained by the Skeeters from the 34 on their roster as of April 17.

The basketball player turned pitcher reported to spring camp last week with the Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

He was the starting pitcher in their 10-1 exhibition game victory against Alvin Community College where he allowed one run on three hits in one inning.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander spent 16 years in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. The seven-time All-Star won two scoring titles.

“I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys,” said the 34-year-old McGrady.

“We’re also excited to see what unique opportunities this could present for us in putting a good product on the field and we look forward to Tracy helping us win some ball games,” said Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti.

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