It has been reported, via press release on Monday, March 10, 2014, the Sugar Land Skeeters have invited former National Basketball Association player Tracy McGrady has been invited to spring training.
The former Houston Rocket and seven-time NBA All-Star will report on April 14 to begin formal training in pursuit of a position on the 2014 roster of the Skeeters.
McGrady, who has been working out for the past several months, hopes to make the opening day roster as a right-handed pitcher.
He previous played 16 seasons in the NBA for six different teams; his longest span being with the Rockets from 2004-2009.
In addition to the Rockets, McGrady played for the Toronto Raptors (1997-2000), Orlando Magic (2000-2004), New York Knicks (2009-2010), Detroit Pistons (2010-2011) and Atlanta Hawks (2011-2012).
On February 12, McGrady worked out in front of local media at Constellation Field, and has been working out with Arizona Diamondbacks scout Scipio Spinks.
The 34-year old T-Mac has been throwing in the 85 to 86 mile per hour range and working on a variety of pitches, including a slider.
During the February training session, he threw from the mound to Skeeter catcher Koby Clements.
In the prepared press release for the Skeeters, McGrady was quoted:
“I got called into the skipper’s office after practice and he let me know that I was going to be a part of the Skeeters’ spring training camp. This has been a goal of mine and it’s a great challenge. I’m looking forward to competing and I’m excited about this great opportunity.”
Manager Gary Gaetti stated he was looking forward to seeing McGrady in camp, as quoted in the Skeeters' press release:
“We’re intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far and really commend him for putting in the work. He will report to spring training with the other players and officially have his opportunity to earn a spot on the team. I’m really interested and excited to see how he continues to improve.”
The Skeeters kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, April 24, 2014 against the Lancaster Barnstormers.