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Sugar Land Skeeters invite Tracy McGrady to spring training

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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As you're surely aware, former NBA star Tracy McGrady, age 34, has been trying his (right) hand at pitching lately. He's been working out with the independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters and even getting some tutelage from Roger Clemens. Now, McGrady, who played baseball up until his senior year of high school, is ready to take the next step: The Skeeters will invite McGrady to spring training, the AP reports.

"We're intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far and really commend him for putting in the work," Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti said.

Said intrigue is sufficient for the Skeeters to give the 6-foot-8 McGrady a chance to earn a roster spot. As always, the guiding principle of indy-league roster decisions contains not-insubstantial levels of "why the heck not?" So, really, why the heck not?

By way of reminder, here's T-Mac showing his chops on the mound ...

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