McGrady announces retirement following All-Star appearance
Skeeters starting pitcher Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from baseball following his appearance in the Atlantic League All-Star Game on July 16. The announcement came after he recorded his first career strikeout after retiring Bryan Pounds of Camden on just four pitches in the second inning. McGrady made the announcement to ESPN 3 shortly after coming out of the game on Wednesday. While with the Skeeters, McGrady held a 0-0 record with a 6.75 ERA in five starts.
“Tracy was a class act during his time with us,” said Skeeters general manager Chris Jones. “We hope this shows how high the level of play is in the Atlantic League and that the daily grind of professional baseball takes its toll on the players.
Everyone on this team wishes Tracy the best, and we want to thank him for everything he has contributed to the Skeeters organization.”
McGrady has recently posted a comment about his time with the team:
“After 3 great months of living out my childhood dream of playing baseball, I have decided to hang up the cleats. I firmly believe that you must go for things you dream of and when you know you’re done, you know when to walk away. I will forever be grateful to The Sugar Land Skeeters for giving me this opportunity. I have always been and will always be a fan of baseball and being able to play it at this level was a dream come true. Now onto other opportunities. Thank you all for the love support you continually send my way.”
Individual game tickets are on sale for the Skeeters’ 2014 season at Constellation Field. For a complete promotional schedule, game times and information on how to purchase tickets for the Atlantic League All-Star Game, Independence Day Celebration and the rest of the 2014 season, please call 281.240.4487 or visit the team’s website at www.SugarLandSkeeters.com.
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