Former NBA All-Star makes minor league baseball roster

Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, who is now pursuing his childhood dream to play professional baseball, was officially named to the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters opening day roster on Wednesday. Team manager and former major leaguer Gary Gaetti confirmed the news to Fox 26 in Houston, stating that McGrady has done everything necessary to earn his roster spot and will open the season as one of his pitchers.
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Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady throws a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady throws a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady trades his tennis shoes for cleats before a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, center, gives a thumbs up as Sugar Land Skeeters catcher Koby Clemens, left, tries to hand him the ball and manager Gary Gaetti smiles at the Skeeters' baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Followed by cameras former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady removes his cap after a pitching workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady throws a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady throws a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady wears a baseball cap before working out at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, right, signs autographs for season ticket holders after a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady adjusts his cap before a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady points to the catcher after throwing a pitch into the dirt during a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas as manager Gary Gaetti, left, and former major league pitcher Scipio Spinks stand near. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady faces the media at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady delivers a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium as former major league pitcher Scipio Spinks, right, stands near Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady throws a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to try out as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)