Former seven-time NBA All Star Tracy McGrady, now a relief pitcher for the Independent League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, will take on the Bridgeport Bluefish in a double header tonight at Harbor Yard starting at 6:05 pm.
McGrady signed with the Skeeters on April 23 after making the team out of its spring training. He gave up one run on three hits in one inning in his only spring training appearance on April 16th against Alvin Community College in Texas. McGrady threw 15 pitches (nine for strikes).
This season, McGrady is 0-1 in two games started with an ERA of 4.15. He has given up two runs on three hits, as well as issuing six walks in 4.1 innings pitched.
The right-hander played baseball from the time that he was five until his senior year in high school.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this club,” McGrady said in a statement released by the team. “To be a part of the team means everything to me, and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game, but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”
McGrady has been working hard to get back into playing shape, but he knows that he won’t be thrown into the fire right away.
“If I just come in this league and throw, 3-to-5 innings, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a joy to be here,” McGrady said.
The Bluefish (12-20) and Skeeters (14-17) play in the independent Atlantic League.