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Tracy McGrady started an All-Star game and then retired from baseball

Jul 17, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Former seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has been pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and last night, in what was apparently a planned move, he started the league’s All-Star game, participated in the Home Run Derby … and then announced his retirement.

His starting the All-Star game was purely a stunt, because in four regular season appearances McGrady posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 10 batters in 6.2 innings without recording a single strikeout.

Last night he tossed 1.1 innings and actually struck out the final batter he faced, which is a helluva coincidence I guess. He also hit zero homers in the Home Run Derby, so hopefully the fans in attendance really liked, I dunno, staring at McGrady in a baseball jersey or something.

Brett Dolan of CBS Houston has more details on McGrady’s farewell to baseball.

  1. accipiterq - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    So long T-Mac! Always nice to see someone get to live out their dreams, if even for a few weeks

    • missthemexpos - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      At least he knew it was time to retire unlike some MLB players that should have hung up their cleats long ago.

      • larrymahnken - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Take THAT, Michael Choice! FEEL THE BURN.

  2. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    embarrassing that he got to start. all those kids who have worked their whole lives to be there and some washed up bball player comes in and takes over. just like Manziel getting drafted, this was just dumb.

    • 8to80texansblog - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      You realize this was an independent league with absolutely no affiliation to the MLB… The entire point of this league is entertainment… If people want to see him play, who cares if he sucks?

      The guy wanted to play baseball, he wasn’t any good, so he quit (retired).

      • maddog11896 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        “The entire point of this league is entertainment”

        The entire point of pretty much all sports leagues is entertainment, buddy

      • deedee2die4 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        The entire point of professional sports is entertainment!

      • missthemexpos - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        The entire point of Hardball Talk is entertainment!

      • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        idc, bring him in at a later point in the game then. i used to have a guy who played in one of those independent leagues live at my house. he lived and breathed the game, and each team he played for he had to live in someone’s basement because they made almost no money. let someone else get the starting job and the spot light for a night rather than someone who has made millions of dollars and has been in the spot light for years. sorry i sympathize with these kids.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Professional sports offer entertainment, the point of them is to make money.

      • 8to80texansblog - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Again… its an all star game. He was probably the only guy whose name people actually knew… It was an exhibition game for an exhibition league…. who cares if he started?

    • illegalblues - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      go back to pro football talk

  3. moogro - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    “This time it matters!”

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