T-MAC going to play baseball???
Old 02-01-2014, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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JVG said during last night's Nets vs OKC game that he's heard that T-MAC is going to play in an independent baseball league as a pitcher. Will be interesting if it actually happens I guess.

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Old 02-01-2014, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just read about this... Apparently he's working out 2-3 times a week with Roger Clemons and is already throwing 90+ MPH fastballs.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well.... he's learned very little.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm happy for him and hopeit works out. If he keeps pursuing it, he will obviously be able to only play in an independent league, but it's still better than nothing. A 91 mph fastball is not bad, but the big thing is learning how to throw accurately, along with the fact he needs to learn how to throw at least an effective curveball and change-up if he wants to have any chance of success. Having a 1 pitch fastball is not going to be enough to play against independent league players unless he develops the accuracy of a Greg Maddux (yes I know Maddux threw more than just a fastball) or Mariano Rivera.
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Former NBA Star McGrady Eyeing Baseball Career: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

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By Aaron Steen [February 1, 2014 at 9:31pm CST]

Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady is aiming to pitch in professional baseball, FOX 26 reports. Still a relatively young 34, McGrady has been training with Diamondbacks pro scout Scipio Spinks and will look to catch on with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters for the 2014 season.

Spinks says McGrady is currently throwing in the 85-86 MPH range, disputing earlier reports that the former NBA scoring champion had surpassed 90 MPH. However, he adds that McGrady's slider, which took him "five minutes" to learn, is a "true slider" with "good break on it." McGrady can also command the baseball to both sides of the plate with ease, he comments, and may reach the 90s with practice. "If the season starts tomorrow Tracy McGrady will be able to pitch on that Skeeters team," Spinks says. McGrady is training at Constellation Field, the Skeeters' home park.

Roger Clemens has also given instruction to McGrady, the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports. Clemens, currently a special assistant with the Astros, says McGrady "[isn't] there yet" and needs the opportunity to throw to live hitters.
Apparently T-MAC has his accuracy down and already has a pretty good slider.

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Old 02-01-2014, 11:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He's like MJ without an emotional story behind his desire to play baseball, and well, 6 NBA Championships.
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T-Mac throws 87mph.

You can read into the mumbo jumbo if you'd like. But I stopped reading when I saw he throws 87.

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He's like MJ without an emotional story behind his desire to play baseball, and well, 6 NBA Championships.
MJ "only" had 3 at the time...
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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87 mph? lol not going to work out because i doubt he can actually pitch
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