Tracy McGrady to make pro baseball debut on Saturday

Friday May 9th, 2014

Tracy McGrady (Bob Levey/Getty Images) Tracy McGrady will take the mound at 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady will make his pro baseball debut on Saturday, when he'll be the starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters in an Atlantic League game against the Somerset Patriots.

The 34-year-old will be on a limited pitch count, according to manager and former MLB All-Star Gary Gaetti. The 6-foot-8 McGrady last pitched in an exhibition game in April, allowing three hits in one inning against Alvin Community College.

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McGrady, who played baseball until his senior year in high school, is a 16-year NBA veteran of the Raptors (1997-2000), Magic (2000-04), Rockets (2004-09), Knicks (2009-10), Pistons (2010-11) and Hawks (2011-12) and a seven-time All-Star. He was also the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2001.

He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his career.

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