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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Tracy McGrady the Pitcher

Former NBA star guard Tracy McGrady is looking to start a career as a professional baseball player.

McGrady may pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent League. He has been working out with the team.

Houston television station KPRC reported that McGrady was training with former major-league star pitcher Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Skeeters two seasons ago. His son, Kody, is the team’s catcher.

John Northey Posted: February 01, 2014 at 10:06 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: basketball, clemens, minor leagues

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 02, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4650011)
Houston television station KPRC reported that McGrady was training with former major-league star pitcher Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Skeeters two seasons ago.


Former NBA Star Tracy McGrady suspended for 50 games...
   2. Big Train Rollin' Posted: February 02, 2014 at 12:30 AM (#4650014)
Jim Tracy McGrady Sizemore.
   3. John Northey Posted: February 02, 2014 at 12:47 AM (#4650016)
Well, given the way pitchers go down up here in Toronto he should become one of the starting pitchers by September.
   4. John Northey Posted: February 02, 2014 at 02:18 AM (#4650017)
One other note: he is only 34 this year with a 91 MPH fastball. Could be successful in the indy leagues but majors? Hrm. Doubtful but after the high school teacher made it who knows?
   5. EddieA Posted: February 02, 2014 at 02:57 AM (#4650020)
If he does make it, please be a starter and please be in the NL. I would love to see the first plate appearance in anger of a 35/36 year old inexperienced really tall guy. I think he would be bailing, writhing, and hiding all at the same time.
I went to two or three Michael Jordan minor league games. The only hit he Jordan got was a swinging bunt, but he did get hit by pitch. I saw "KOBY" Clemens in Lexington in 2007. I'm pretty sure he got the game-winning hit.
Pitcher is the best positional choice for guys with the basketball build.
   6. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: February 02, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4650038)
There is some sort of axis between pitcher/power forward/tight end.
   7. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4650042)
Doubtful but after the high school teacher made it who knows?

Jim Morris was the 4th overall pick in 1983. He didn't make much of his career the first time around; he retired in 1989 after a bunch of arm injuries and never making it above A ball. But he continued to throw pretty much every single day for the next ten years, accumulating the arm strength to hit 98 multiple times by the time he tried out for the Devil Rays at age 35.

It would be awesomesauce amazeballs if Tracy McGrady made it as a MLB pitcher, but I think Jim Morris had a much bigger head start.
   8. EddieA Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4650048)
That's 4th overall pick in the January secondary draft, which isn't the source of many major leaguers. Roger Clemens was the 19th pick in the June draft.

Point still stands about the head start.
   9. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4650049)
he is only 34 this year with a 91 MPH fastball.


The guy he's training with says 85-86.
   10. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4650054)
Oooooh. Thanks Eddie.
   11. Boileryard Posted: February 02, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4650072)
If McGrady did somehow manage to make it to the majors, he could become (by my count) the third person to play in both the NBA and MLB in the same building as he started his NBA career while the Raptors were at SkyDome. The other two are Mark Hendrickson (SkyDome/Rogers Centre) and Danny Ainge (Kingdome).
   12. Accent Shallow Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4650168)
Shows how much attention I pay to the NBA; I thought of McGrady as a little guy.
   13. John Northey Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4650169)
Thanks for the link cercopithecus. It'll be interesting to see if he sticks with it and pushed into the 90's then. Given he hasn't pitched professionally before he might be able to make major strides quickly with good coaching. Having Clemens on his side should help as odds are he will pick up on a lot of mechanical things quickly (you don't win 350 games without knowing mechanics I'd think) which should make a big difference. I hope he makes it as I love stories like that - someone coming in late and making it. This would be his age 35 season so he basically has to come out strong and get a contract with a MLB affiliated club by seasons end (August I'd think) to have a real shot. Spend some time in full season A at the end of the season, then a shot at AA early next year and the majors by September 2015 otherwise the odds just keep getting lower and lower. Heck, they already would be, what, 1 or 2% at best? We'll see what happens.

Also says something about the NBA that a guy who is 6'8" can seem small eh?
   14. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4650172)
There's no reason to think he *has* to make it right away based on age. One, his arm doesn't have the wear of someone who's been pitching all this time; two, the benefit derived from those long levers isn't going away.
   15. greenback votes nefariously Posted: February 02, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4650177)
His arm has little wear and tear, but his knees and back aren't in great shape.
   16. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 02, 2014 at 09:31 PM (#4650508)
He should pitch for the A's, because his #### doesn't work in the playoffs.
   17. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 02, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4650538)
#16: Primey.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4650555)
It would be good if he made the majors so we can have another link in that 6 degrees of Ron Reed game.
   19. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4650612)
I think this is a smarter post-career hobby than Kendall Gill's. I'll assume those are all set-ups though.
   20. villageidiom Posted: February 03, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4650625)
It would be awesomesauce amazeballs
Totes magotes.
   21. Jeff R. Posted: February 03, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4650722)
If he does make it, please be a starter and please be in the NL. I would love to see the first plate appearance in anger of a 35/36 year old inexperienced really tall guy. I think he would be bailing, writhing, and hiding all at the same time.


Randy Johnson was pretty hilarious to watch bat his first couple of years in the NL. OK, I waved the bat at the ball three times, now can I go strike out some batters?
   22. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4650931)
Was never a huge McGrady fan but would love to see him have some success at this.

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