Former Rockets & Magic Superstar Tracy McGrady Looking For A Career In Baseball
Tracy McGrady’s NBA career may be over, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to be sitting in a studio as an analyst anytime soon.
That’s because he’s looking to begin a new career in baseball.
Players such as Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Brian Jordan were three players that mastered the art of playing both football and baseball.
No player not named Michael Jordan has done professional basketball and baseball though.
According to the AP, the former Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets star has been training with former Boston Red Sox and New york Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens at the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
Reports say that, McGrady who is looking to pitch has a “slider, which took him “five minutes” to learn, is a “true slider” with “good break on it.” McGrady can also command the baseball to both sides of the plate with ease, he comments, and may reach the 90s with practice.”
The retired seven-time NBA All-Star is aiming to become a baseball player, and plans to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. That’s the same team that Roger Clemens pitched for a couple of years ago.
Jordan famously played in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1994 during his first retirement from basketball, reaching the Double-A level.
A statement from the Skeeters says that it is a “lifelong dream” of McGrady’s to play baseball.
“McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program,” the statement said. “We look forward to monitoring his progress.”
The 34-year-old McGrady played for several teams, including the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He last played in the NBA in the 2011-12 season.
The Skeeters last made national headlines when Clemens pitched two games for them in 2012 at age 50.
McGrady made seven consecutive All-Star games from 2001-07. The 6-foot-8 McGrady, natural right-hander, was drafted out of high school with the ninth overall pick in 1997 by the Toronto Raptors. He spent his first three seasons with the Raptors before becoming a star with the Magic. He spent four years with the Magic and led the NBA scoring in both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.