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SUGAR LAND, TX The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher and seven-time National Basketball Association All-Star Tracy McGrady to its 2014 roster.

It s an honor to be a part of this club for the 2014 season, said McGrady. To be a part of the team means everything to me and it s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we re going to take this season.

The 6-foot-8, right-handed pitcher officially reported to Spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance with the Skeeters against Alvin Community College on April 16. Through 1.0 inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

We are excited about our team this season and having Tracy McGrady as a part of it, said Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti. We re also excited to see what unique opportunities this could present for us in putting a good product on the field and we look forward to Tracy helping us win some ball games.

McGrady, 34, spent 16 years in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors (1997-2000), Orlando Magic (2000-04), Houston Rockets (2004-09), New York Knicks (2009-10), Detroit Pistons (2010-11) and Atlanta Hawks (2011-12). During that span, McGrady earned two scoring titles (2002-04), seven All-Star Game nominations (2001-07) and was named the NBA s Most Improved Player in 2001. In 2013, McGrady retired with more than 18,000 points and 5,000 rebounds in his career.

Opening Day for the Sugar Land Skeeters is set for Thursday, April 24 at Constellation Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The club will face the Atlantic League rival Lancaster Barnstormers for a four-game set (April 24-27).

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