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Tracy McGrady Gets Baseball Tryout

We all scoffed when Jeff Van Gundy made the offhanded comments about Tracy McGrady's reported desire to play professional baseball, but the 16-year NBA veteran is one step closer to making his baseball dream a reality.

Monday, the independent Sugar Land Skeeters invited the wannabe pitcher to join them when they begin Spring Training April 14.

“This is not a gimmick,” McGrady recently said. “I do know the sport. I feel I have the talent.”

“We’re intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far and really commend him for putting in the work,” Skeeters skipper Gary Gaetti said via a team release. “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.”

McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star, began training for his inevitable professional baseball debut months ago and even enlisted the talents of should-be Hall of Fame hurler (and one-time Skeeters pitcher) Roger Clemens.

“I’m a visual learner,” McGrady said. “When I see Roger Clemens right before my eyes on the mound going through his mechanics, he’s talking to me about the process. I soak that stuff in, whether it’s the consistency in your mechanics or how to hold the baseball when throwing certain pitches. At that time, I’m a student learning from my teacher.”

Oh, and if the Skeeters reported plans are any indication, it’s a pretty safe bet that the team already has its mind made up as to whether or not they’ll take a chance on McGrady. 

You see, the Skeeters, who in 2013 put together an all-time best Atlantic League record of 95-45, are already documenting the 34-year-old righty’s progress for what they hope will be fodder for a film.

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Shawn Anderson is that guy who, instead of sitting there talking about the game going on around him, is talking wise about the history of baseball. He believes baseball figures such as Tommy John, Harold Baines, Ron Guidry and Billy Martin deserve their own plaque somewhere if not in Cooperstown. You can follow him on Twitter at @HOVG.