May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30, left) shakes hands with San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Tracy McGrady (1, right) after game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has poor outing in pro baseball debut

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady is trying his hand at professional baseball, and made his debut on Saturday, pitching for the indepedent-league Sugar Land Skeeters.

Apparently his opponent, the Somerset Patriots, didn’t care about McGrady’s star-power, as they shelled T-Mac for two hits and two runs (including a home run) in just one and two thirds innings of work. [Source: CBS Sports]

When will these basketball players ever learn?

McGrady threw 35 pitches — 18 strikes and 17 balls (not a good ratio) — and walked two batters in addition to the hits given up. His ERA now stands at a ballooned 10.80 to begin his career.

This was McGrady’s first real game action since high school, so there’s still a bit of…umm…rust to work off.

It’s probably too soon to consider the McGrady experiment a failure, but this was a rather inauspicious beginning to his professional baseball journey. Playing in the independent leagues gives McGrady a long hard road to even make it to the minors, and at 34 years old, time isn’t on his side at all.


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