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Tracy McGrady less than stellar in baseball pitching debut

Tracy McGrady made his pitching debut Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team based in Texas.

Tracy McGrady is a seven-time NBA All Star, two-time league scoring champion and two-time All-NBA first-team honoree. But now he can officially say he is a two-sport athlete.

McGrady made his pitching debut Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team based in Texas.

The 34-year-old righty went 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. That's not especially good, but he was pitching in a very competitive league. The Skeeters play in the Atlantic League, which is on par with Double-A or Triple-A level. Most of the players washed out of the majors or minors and are looking to grab on to a major league club sometime this season.

Edwin Maysonet, who hit a homer off McGrady in the second, played 76 games for the Astros in 2008 and 2009 and batted .250. He played 506 games at Triple-A, most recently in 2013 with the Iowa Cubs, and hit .256 with a .320 on-base percentage.

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So it may have been a little bit of a PR opportunity for the Skeeters — who also hosted Roger Clemens for a brief comeback in 2012 — but he wasn't pitching against amateurs in a beer league.

McGrady is 6-foot-8, by the way, which is tall for a pitcher, but not extremely so. Jon Rauch (6-foot-11) is the tallest pitcher in MLB history, but veteran pitchers Chris Young (6-foot-10), Randy Johnson (6-foot-10) and Kameron Loe (6-foot-9) are all taller. And the Yankees currently have two pitchers — CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda — who are 6-foot-7.

McGrady graded himself a "B-minus" after taking the loss in his debut. Who knows if he'll stick around, but he did not embarrass himself out there.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.

 
 
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