Posted February 05, 2014

Ex-NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirms intentions to play baseball

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Ex-NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady can reportedly throw a 90 MPH fastball. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Ex-NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady can reportedly throw a 90 MPH fastball. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.”

McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball.

The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball said in a statement Tuesday they are continue to monitor McGrady’s progress after it was reported that he was interested in baseball.

Two years ago, a 50-year-old Roger Clemens made headlines when he pitched two games for the Skeeters. Now, Clemens is reportedly helping McGrady prepare for his baseball debut.

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.”

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5 comments
Edward34
Edward34

How can this "writer" fail to mention his age? 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Dreams of playing baseball probably aren't a gimmick, the probability of him actually making it is nothing but a gimmick. 

AndyDufresne
AndyDufresne

A 90 mph fastball is nice (if it can be located), but can he change speeds or throw a curve?  He'll get lit up (similar to what he was doing in Toronto).

Hammer109
Hammer109

@AndyDufresne He told Mike & Mike he has four pitches, including a splitter and he says he can locate them all.  He also said he throws in the high 80's, not 90.  I'll bet he could come in as a set up man and get an out or two.  I'd love to see it.