Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball After Recording First, Only Strikeout

1405618832_tracyTracy McGrady’s days as a professional baseball player have come to an end.

The former NBA star, who signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters in April, hung up the cleats on Wednesday after he started the Atlantic League’s All-Star Game. McGrady pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out the last batter he faced, which also happened to be the only K of the 35-year-old’s baseball career.

“That is definitely going in the trophy case,” McGrady said after his outing, according to CBS Houston. “I told some of the guys that I am going to get a strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Thank you Jesus.”

McGrady didn’t experience much success in the Atlantic League, posting a 6.75 ERA in four appearances (6 2/3 innings) with the Skeeters, allowing four hits and five runs. But T-Mac, who fulfilled a childhood dream playing baseball competitively, was all smiles after announcing his retirement.

“It has been a tremendous ride,” McGrady said. “It is my last game today. I informed the team this would be my last outing and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to start the game and enjoy this great mid-summers classic.

“This has been an awesome year. Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them,learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”

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