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Tracy McGrady Is Trying to Become a Professional Baseball Player (Video)
When most NBA superstars retire they try their hand at broadcasting, or maybe they use their name recognition to attract investors to some business venture or another.
Not Tracy McGrady, though. Now that this 7x All-Star and 2x NBA scoring champion is out of basketball, he’s pursuing one of his life’s biggest dreams: becoming a professional baseball player.
The rumors started bouncing around a couple weeks ago that McGrady was looking to play ball somewhere. Then he himself confirmed that he’d been working out with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent AA-level Atlantic League, while the Skeeters released this official statement:
Tracy McGrady is one of the most elite athletes of this era and we appreciate his interest in pursuing a life-long dream with the Sugar Land Skeeters and the Atlantic League. While the Atlantic League is considered the highest level of baseball outside of Major League Baseball, McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program at Constellation Field. We look forward to monitoring his progress.
Now we have some video of McGrady pitching for the first time from KBME Houston:
So who’s teaching McGrady the tricks of the trade? How about 7x Cy Young Award-winner Roger Clemens.
Clemens cautioned that McGrady is still a work in progress. “He’s not there yet,” the former Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros great told the Houston Chronicle. “He needs more time and needs to react to live hitters and balls coming back at him.”
Roger did say, however, that McGrady can hit 90-mph on the radar gun—though it’s unclear whether that is with or without the patented blend of PEDs that extended his own career all those years.
In any case, we’ll have to keep an eye on this story. If McGrady can establish himself as a professional baseball player, he’ll at least have one thing on his resume that Michael Jordan does not.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]