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Tim Tebow Not Among Players Invited to Mets’ Major League Camp

The New York Mets sent out invitations Wednesday to their major league spring training camp, but Tim Tebow is not one of the names on the list, according to Marc Carig of Newsday

Carig did add that the Mets could “borrow” Tebow for Grapefruit League games.

A former college football star and NFL quarterback, Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September and spent the fall in the Gulf Coast and Arizona Fall leagues. 

Tebow’s attempt at the majors was a surprising one, as he hadn’t played organized baseball since high school.

After he put on a showcase in late August for MLB scouts, reviews of his potential spanned from “a complete waste of time” to “better than I expected,” per Josh Peter of USA Today

Even so, his first at-bat in the Gulf Coast League was something out of a storybook, as he belted an opposite-field home run. 

It was all downhill from there, though, as Tebow struggled mightily following his move to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. In 70 plate appearances, he batted .194/.296/.242, per Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com. Those stats prompted ESPN.com’s Keith Law to label the outfielder “an imposter.”

However, Snyder did point out that Tebow’s game improved down the stretch; he batted .281 with a .425 on-base percentage in his final 11 games.

The 29-year-old’s game is still raw, however, and needs a ton of work. While he has power and decent speed, there isn’t much else that would qualify him for a career in the majors. 

For a Mets team that looks poised to make a serious run in the National League in 2017, Tebow’s body of work was too small and not impressive enough to earn a call to the big league camp. 

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Tim Tebow Injury: Updates on Mets OF’s Leg and Return

New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow suffered a right leg injury during an Arizona Fall League game Monday, according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo

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Tebow Exits Monday’s Fall League Game

Monday, Oct. 31

Mayo reported Tebow may have hurt his right leg after being thrown out on an attempted steal of second base. Aaron Brown, a prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, replaced him in left field.

The injury is another setback for the former NFL quarterback, who has had a rough time making the transition to the baseball diamond. According to MLB.com, Tebow has the seventh-worst batting average (.147) and third-worst OPS (.371) in the Arizona Fall League.

Despite his struggles at the plate, the Mets may see a future for the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. On Friday, ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin reported Tebow is likely to see action with New York’s Single-A team, the Columbia Fireflies, in 2017.

The Scottsdale Scorpions have 14 games remaining in the regular season. Given his age, the 29-year-old needs all of the at-bats he can get this fall before the 2017 campaign begins and he potentially reports to one of the Mets’ minor league affiliates.

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Tim Tebow Comments on Baseball Career, More in Good Morning America Interview

Former NFL player and aspiring baseball player Tim Tebow appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to promote his new book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms, and spoke about playing baseball, remaining humble and maintaining a personal identity after football. 

“I’m having so much fun,” Tebow said of playing baseball. “You know what’s amazing? When you do something for the love of it. I’m so passionate about the game and pursuing it and playing every day.”

He also spoke about the perspective that helps him to remain humble.

“I think humility comes, not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less, meaning try to look for the people around you and what they need and how you can help them,” he said. “I think the greatest form of love is choosing the best interest of another person and acting on their behalf.”

And he touched on how he handled the end of his football career, after the game had been such a big part of his life for many years:

I’ve been told by a lot of different teams that I’m not good enough so how do you handle that? For me, it’s to be able to have a foundation of something bigger than yourself, understand what God says about you, that you are important, that you have a life of significance and you have a life of meaning. When you understand your purpose, that will totally change your identity.

You can see the full interview below:

Tebow, 29, is playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League after signing a minor league contract with the New York Mets in September. He is hitting .100 with one RBI and seven strikeouts in six games.

One scout told Mark Brown of Newsday that he didn’t think Tebow was a legitimate prospect, while another scout noted that he “doesn’t have too many years to perfect his skills” and “has too many things to learn.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner started his professional sports career as a quarterback with the Denver Broncos. He was a 2010 first-round draft pick of theirs and even led to a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But during his time as an NFL quarterback, he completed just 47.9 percent of his passes, which led to him quickly falling out of favor.

According to the New York Post (h/t NFL.com), NFL teams reportedly showed interest in Tebow if he would switch to playing tight end, but he reportedly refused to make the change, per Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. The Philadelphia Eagles gave him a shot in 2015 but cut Tebow before the season, as he failed to win the No. 3 quarterback job in Philly under then-head coach Chip Kelly.

He then pivoted to a media career before signing with the Mets. He also continues to work as an analyst on the SEC Network. 


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Tim Tebow Records 1st Arizona Fall League Hit

For all those hooked on the Arizona Fall League baseball during the ALCS and NLCS, you can rejoice in knowing that New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow‘s drought is over. 

On Tuesday, Tebow recorded a single against Chicago Cubs prospect Duane Underwood to break an 0-for-13 hitless streak to start off his professional baseball career.

The Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida and former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback signed a minor league deal with the Mets on Sept. 9. 

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson explained what he saw in Tebow after his showcase in August, via Adam Rubin of ESPN.com:

Any player evaluation starts with tools. From that standpoint, without grading everything out, suffice it to say Tim has been a great athlete. He has demonstrated more than rudimentary baseball skills. We think, with his commitment to success, that this is an opportunity that is worthwhile.

In terms of power, in terms of arm, in terms of foot speed, all of those things, we think he can be a baseball player. I think that is underscored by his competitiveness and his determination to succeed and to improve. From our standpoint, this is another opportunity for us to develop a player and see where it goes. We understand most players don’t make it to the major leagues.

Having not played organized baseball since his junior year of high school, Tebow originally reported to the Mets’ instructional league where he started things off with a bang in his first at-bat.

While he hasn’t found that kind of success at the plate in the Arizona Fall League, Tebow has been making plenty of headlines. 

In his AFL debut alone, he face-planted into the outfield wall and helped a seizure victim after the game, via ABC News:

Tebow isn’t expected to see time in the major leagues. At 29 years old, it’s unlikely he’ll develop his game up toward a level that can see him attain success professionally. 

But for now, he is putting fans in the seats, bringing attention to the Arizona Fall League and pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball. 

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Tim Tebow Discusses Decision to Stay with Fan Who Suffered Seizure

New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow was signing autographs on Tuesday after an instructional league game in Scottsdale, Arizona, when a nearby fan suffered a seizure. The former Heisman Trophy winner told reporters on Wednesday that it was an easy decision to comfort the man during the scary situation. 

According to ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin, Tebow put the situation in perspective after he stood beside and prayed for Brandon Berry: 

Let me ask you a question: What would be more important, that I go to the locker room and I get on the bus and we get back a little bit quicker? In my opinion, it’s not even a choice. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what you’re supposed to do, in my opinion.

You just try to, in those moments, be there for people to help people. Because there is not a bigger, better, greater thing you can do in life than to be there for people in a time of need to help them.

Christian Byrnes on Twitter relayed a photo of Tebow and Berry as the events unfolded: 

“The guy that I was signing for, he turned to his right, and I could see on his face something happened,” Tebow said, per Rubin. “So then I looked over. I saw Brandon, right as he was getting to the ground and going into a seizure. I just wanted to be there and pray for him.”

Berry later told the Associated Press’ Jake Seiner he was OK after he returned home following a brief stint in the hospital.  

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Tim Tebow vs. Cardinals: Stats, Highlights, Reaction from Instructional League

Tim Tebow took his next steps toward trying to reach Major League Baseball by going 1-for-6 with a solo home run in his first instructional league game as a member of the New York Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Any doubters were silenced, at least in Tebow’s first at-bat. The former Heisman Trophy winner hit a home run on the first pitch he saw, driving the ball over the wall in left-center field. 

Making Tebow’s homer even more impressive is that it came off a left-handed pitcher, and he went the other way with the pitch. 

While Tebow does deserve all of the praise for hitting that first pitch out, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel shared his thoughts on the Cardinals pitcher:

SB Nation’s Michael Katz was able to humorously equate Tebow’s prolific power to an MLB legend:

The Cespedes Family BBQ podcast jokingly speculated about Tebow helping the Mets in October if they are able to make the postseason:

Before we get Tebow’s bust ready for Cooperstown, Joe Trezza of MLB.com did run down the list of players who homered in their first-ever at-bat at the MLB level:

A home run in your first at-bat doesn’t guarantee any kind of success, regardless of the level of baseball at which it occurs. Tebow still has a long way to go while learning the craft of playing the game, and things will only get more difficult when he moves up the minor league ladder. 

Things did calm down for Tebow after that home run. He followed it up by grounding into a double play, grounding out to shortstop, hitting a hard liner to center that was caught and grounding out to third base in his final plate appearance.   

Tebow also played in left field for five innings, though he didn’t have many chances to showcase his defensive skills. 

Per ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin, Tebow’s only defensive chance came when he cut off a ground ball that held a St. Louis hitter to a single. 

After a three-inning game Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s contest, Tebow’s confidence as a baseball player seemed like it was as high as it has been since his workout in August.

“I feel like every day I’m getting a little more comfortable,” Tebow said, per Bill Whitehead of the AP. “It’s great just to see live pitching and get live at-bats. I’m just getting a little bit better every day. That’s the goal.” 

This is a perfect setting for Tebow to continue honing his skills as a baseball player because instructional league games are a low-key environment with young minor leaguers still developing and an occasional veteran MLB player rehabbing injuries. 

Tebow won’t be hitting a homer every day, but as long as he is showing improvement as a baseball player, the Mets’ investment in him will give him a chance to make the 25-man roster at some point. 

It’s going to take Tebow at least two years because of the difficult nature of baseball. He also hasn’t played in an organized setting since his junior year of high school, so the acclimation process is going to take some time, but the first homer showed there is something for the Mets and Tebow to build off going forward.


Post-Game Reaction

In a funny bit on social media, Cardinals pitcher John Kilichowski had some words for Tebow about the first-pitch homer he allowed:

As he is known to be, Tebow was very positive about the way his professional baseball debut went. 

“It was fun,” Tebow said, per USA Today. “I just wanted to have the approach that I was going to be aggressive,” Tebow said. “That’s something that we’ve been talking about here every day and practicing it.”

While the solo homer will get most of the attention because it was his only hit in six at-bats, Tebow was encouraged by most of his plate appearances.

“I liked a lot of my at-bats today,” Tebow said. “I hit the ball really hard four out of the six times. … Four of the at-bats I felt really, really good about. Didn’t swing at any breaking balls, didn’t feel like I got fooled seeing it out of the (pitcher’s) hand.”

Baseball is a game built on adjustments. As he gets more at-bats and scouting reports come out, his ability to make adjustments and attack offspeed stuff will determine how far he goes. 

For now, though, Tebow can enjoy owning his first professional home run.


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Tim Tebow Q&A: ‘This Isn’t a Publicity Stunt, and It’s Definitely Not for Money’

Hey, not sure if you’ve heard, but Tim Tebow is a baseball player now. Or, at least, he’s trying to be.

The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and had his first workout with their instructional league team Monday.

As he tries to refine his game on the diamond, he’s also out stumping for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players who do upstanding things off the field. 

We caught up with him, however, to talk baseball—including which current big leaguers he admires, which areas of his game he needs to improve and how he responds to the doubters.


Bleacher Report: There was talk about you signing with the Colorado Rockies, and you’ve got fans in Denver. There was also talk about the Atlanta Braves, which seemed like a fit given your success in the SEC. What made you choose the Mets and that New York market instead?

Tim Tebow: It was more about the people than anything else. It was my relationship and talks with [general manager Sandy] Alderson, and their plans for me as a baseball player and as a person. I just felt like it was a great fit. It was something I was excited about, and we got along really well. I appreciated their interest in me [and] their plans to progress me. … I just felt most comfortable in my communications with them.


B/R: Have you spoken with any members of the current Mets team? Have any players reached out to you?

TT: They have. I’ve communicated with a couple of them.                    


B/R: Can you give any specifics on who or what they said?

TTI’d rather not. It’s just some of them reached out to say congrats and glad to have me in the organization and stuff like that. It was really nice; it was definitely something they didn’t have to do, but I appreciate them doing it.


B/R: Which areas of your game do you feel need the most improvement, and what have scouts or evaluators identified as your biggest weaknesses?

TTI feel like I want to improve in every area of the game. Just getting out there and playing the game, practicing with teams and seeing live pitching. I’ve been training for a little while now, but it’ll be a bit different when I get into the team mode.


B/R: Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are the most famous examples of guys who’ve played football and baseball professionally. Have you spoken to either of them, or anyone else with similar experience, to get advice?

TTI haven’t spoken to anybody that’s made the transition, but I’ve spoken to a lot of guys that have been in the sport of baseball and gotten a lot of advice. But I would look forward in the future to getting advice from guys that have gone back and forth.


B/R: Is there a current MLB player you most resemble, or someone you want to model your game after?

TTOh, man, that’s a good question. I would say I don’t even know yet. I think the next couple of weeks in instructional ball will help me figure [that] out. Getting to work with Gary Sheffield some. Obviously he was a great one for so long. We have a little different style; I’m more of a wider stance with a still bat, and he was more movement with his bat. But the way he was able to throw his hands and be quick through the zone and be able to have such a smooth swing, that’s something I would love to be able to work on.

B/R: Give me your top MLB players right now, as someone who follows the sport. Who do you like to watch?

TTOh, gosh. Bryce Harper is someone who plays the game with a lot of passion and energy. I’ve been watching David Ortiz hit bombs for so long; he’s always super fun to watch. [Yoenis] Cespedes is a really talented player. … One of the things I love most about the game are the one-on-one battles with someone like [Noah] Syndergaard, so I’d say him as well.


B/R: What would be your walk-up song and why?

TTThat’s hilarious. … I honestly have no idea. You just want it to be authentic and original. That’s a tough call. I guess I’m gonna have to start thinking about it for real.


B/R: You could always put your iPod on shuffle and pick the first song.

TT[Laughs] I don’t know if that’ll work.


B/R: I’m sure you’ve heard the criticism, people saying this is just a publicity stunt or that no one would have signed you if your name weren’t Tim Tebow. How do you respond to that?

TTThe good thing is, I don’t have to respond. They’re entitled to their opinion, but I’m also entitled to be able to go after my dream. And I’m so thankful to live in a country where that is the case. There will always be people that aren’t going to agree with you or why you’re doing it, but at the end of the day, I don’t have to live my life based on how other people want me to live my life. I don’t have to make choices that other people want me to make. I get to go after what’s in my heart. My encouragement to younger people who read this is to go after what’s in their heart. … 

This isn’t a publicity stunt, and it’s definitely not for money. This is a pay cut for me to do this. I understand how hard this is and that a lot of people think it’s impossible. But [I am] passionate about the game of baseball. I love it, and I want to pursue it. Are you going to let the fear of failure or not making it get in the way of that? For me, failure is not going after it and letting the chips fall where they may. I want to be someone who goes all out and pursues what I love.


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Tim Tebow Receives Mets Jersey, Arrives at Instructional League

Tim Tebow‘s baseball journey began Monday, as he was issued his jersey and reported to the New York Mets’ instructional league team.

Majestic Athletic, the uniform provider for MLB, posted a picture of Tebow’s No. 15, while Jerry Crasnick of ESPN shared a photo of Tebow’s batting practice bats.

SportsCenter posted a picture of Tebow’s arrival, while the New York Times‘ David Waldstein provided another of Tebow on the diamond:

Tebow signed autographs prior to his workout, with one child asking Tebow if he knew Peyton Manning, per Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal.

Once Tebow took the field, he accidentally “airmailed” a throw from 45 feet, per Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, who said it went “over his throwing partner and [the] fence.” Heyman later shared a photo of Tebow in uniform:

Afterward, Tebow spoke to the media, saying he had “no interest” in returning to the NFL.

“I’m ready for that grind,” Tebow said of the lifestyle of a minor league baseball player, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “I think a lot of people for some reason think of my life that would be hard for me. Two months ago, I was in the Philippines for three weeks (on a Christian mission), taking bucket baths…hiking mountains to villages where nobody has been before.”

Tebow told Anthony Rieber of Newsday last week:

I’m excited about it. I really am. I’ve loved the game of baseball. Hitting a baseball is one of my favorite things to do in sports. I’m excited about the journey, the challenge, the difficulties, all of it. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s something that’s definitely exciting for me.

Tebow’s foray into baseball has drawn a number of skeptics. He hasn’t played baseball competitively since high school and is entering at an age when he’ll have little developmental time. He last played in the NFL four years ago, and it would have been perhaps more realistic had he made this attempt in 2012.

Tebow was nevertheless impressive enough in his well-publicized August tryout to draw interest from multiple teams before he settled on the Mets.

Ian Levin, the Mets’ director of minor league operations, told Crasnick:

Development comes from all different areas. There’s on-field development that comes from the coaches and playing games, and there’s off-field development from your peers and the environment. I haven’t spoken to Tim yet, but from everything I’ve seen about him, he’s a very positive person and obviously a hard worker who’s become successful in his own right.

It’s unclear how much playing time Tebow will get during the short schedule. The Mets are slated for just five games against other teams in the instructional league, though they will have intrasquad scrimmages as well. But as long as Tebow is on the roster, rest assured more eyes will be watching than ever before.


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CM Punk, Tim Tebow and the Differences in Sport Cultures

On Thursday morning, it was announced that Tim Tebow, the polarizing quarterback who hasn’t touched a football in any way that matters since 2012, signed with the New York Mets to play minor league baseball. Based on the early reviews of the move, it appears Tebow is no less polarizing as a baseball player.

In an unusual parallel, across the sporting landscape in a dark corner where fringe meets niche, a similar story unfolds on Saturday night: Pro wrestler CM Punk will make his professional MMA debut when he fights Mickey Gall at UFC 203, with no meaningful qualifications beyond fame and fandom of the sport.

The case of Tebow is one of a freak athlete and genuine cultural phenomenon looking to find a place deep in the minor leagues and work his way up. The online hate and hot takes he generates are much more about him as a guy—the bible thumping, the swagger, the passion of those who love him—than the athlete.

Physically speaking, he’s undeniable. A bear of a man with fast-twitch fibers to burn, toughness and leadership qualities, no one would ever suggest he’s not an athlete. They may not be sure he’s a baseball player, but he’s raw and toolsy, and if he was 10 years younger, he’d probably be taken in the earlier rounds of the MLB draft. He’s everything a scout looks at and salivates over.

The case of Punk, real name Phil Brooks, is grossly different.

Punk is 38 years old, battered and broken from years as a professional wrestler, and he’s not fooling anyone about being past his athletic prime. He’s almost entirely guts at this point, willing himself through two years of preparation just to see if he can win a fistfight at the highest level. Some people love him and others hate him, but it’s hard not to respect him.

But with all of that considered, people generally seem more open to Tebow as a baseball player than to Punk as a mixed martial artist. One can’t help but wonder why that’s the case.

If it’s not the athletic merits of the two, perhaps it’s the road each is travelling in their respective new careers.

Tebow, if he’s ever going to make it to The Show, will do so by proving he can hit at the minor league level and also adopting a position and fielding it adequately. Punk is already at the top of the game, essentially walking out of some hard training sessions in a Milwaukee gym and into the shark tank of the toughest division in the toughest sport in the world.

It’s not hard to see how some might ruffle at that.

If not the roads travelled, maybe it’s the level of respect each would have gotten in their prior athletic pursuits.

Tebow made his bones in America’s game, continually winning The Big Game at every level he played, often in the face of long odds and numerous doubters. Again, not everyone loves him, but no one would ever deny his athletic prowess and the legitimate decoration it’s garnered him.

Punk was, comparatively, a phony in the eyes of many. A fake. People see pro wrestlers and believe that a predetermined outcome cheapens the athletic feats of those performing. They ignore the nightly physical toll of the game, to say nothing of the baseline strength and agility it takes to perform at the highest levels.

Still, if one were committed to that comparison, you could see how they might make the argument.

And if it’s neither of those things? Well maybe it’s just the fans themselves.

Baseball is a game that’s so deep and so challenging that a team giving up a minor league roster spot to try out a celebrity vanity project is almost irrelevant—especially in September, especially for a team in the hunt for a Wild Card spot like the Mets are. Fans just can’t commit the energy to caring about who’s reporting to the Arizona Fall League, and outside of a guy who might be losing a roster spot to Tebow, the limited grumbling about the signing reflects as much.

MMA is newer; it’s more aggressively defended by those who love it. Most who do are still raw from notable public figures denying its merits, politicians muddying the waters of its legitimacy and mainstream media treating it as a sideshow. It was relegated to internet chat rooms long before it was a billion-dollar industry, and fans often still treat it as such. That an outsider like Punk could walk into the top promotion and call his shots is almost personally offensive to some of those fans who’ve been around since the dark ages.

Regardless of the stance a person is taking, though, in the face of all of this, the stories themselves are not grossly different from one another: A guy with a degree of athletic fame in another walk of life is looking for a fresh start in a new endeavor.

The rest of it, including how people react and why, isn’t that important. If the athletes themselves are happy and someone is willing to pay them for it, the differences in cultures surrounding the two sports and the backlash generated within those cultures should be the last thing on anyone’s mind.


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Tim Tebow to Mets: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Tebow‘s dream of pursuing a baseball career will continue as the former NFL quarterback and the New York Mets agreed to a minor league contract Thursday.

The Mets announced the deal, noting that Tebow will participate in the instructional league. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the agreement. 

“This decision was strictly driven by baseball,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters after the announcement. “This was not driven by marketing considerations.”

Alderson called Tebow “a classic player development opportunity for us,” comparing him to Seth Lugo and T.J. Rivera, adding that “the idea that any one player has no chance to make it to MLB, I reject.”

Tebow will start in the instructional league on Sept. 18, per Marc Carig of Newsday, with Alderson noting that Tebow “won’t be available every day” due to his commitments with ESPN.

“This is something I don’t take for granted and I am excited about,” Tebow said at the press conference. “I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

When asked about his expectations for success, Tebow said he “would consider success giving it everything I have.”

Tebow, 29, held an open tryout Aug. 30 in front of scouts from 28 of the 30 MLB teams. Playing in a simulated game, Tebow flashed raw power and left some scouts impressed—though, in Tebowian fashion, opinions were split.

“It was a complete waste of time,” an American League scout told USA Today‘s Josh Peter. “It was like watching an actor trying to portray a baseball player. He tried. He tried. That’s the best I can say. He is crazy strong and could run well in one direction, but that’s it. He only had one good throw of all his throws.”

“That was big power,” another scout, who had a more positive outlook, told Peter. “He was mishitting the ball out of the park.”

While few walked out of the tryout thinking they were stumbling on a potential superstar, one thing became clear: Tebow was getting signed.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that eight teams were trying to bring in Tebow. The Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays emerged as the likeliest potential suitors. Atlanta was particularly aggressive, even courting Tebow publicly. Rosenthal also noted one team was eliminated from contention due to their unwillingness to agree to Tebow’s schedule requests. 

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported that the “Tebow field was narrowed to five teams” before he signed with the Mets, adding that “interest was significant.”

“He has demonstrated more than rudimentary baseball skills.” Alderson said of Tebow. “We think he can be a baseball player.”

“Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com. “It’s similar to when Michael Jordan or others have wanted to play. It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball.”

Of course, this isn’t quite on M.J.’s level. Jordan was coming off a three-peat, was the best player in basketball and the most famous athlete on the planet. There will never be a comparable moment to when Jordan left the Bulls.

Tebow, by contrast, wasn’t able to stick on an NFL roster after his run with the New York Jets in 2012. He had seemingly settled into a broadcasting role, which included well-received turns on the SEC Network and even a stint on Good Morning America.

Tebow said the following of baseball, per Peter:

This is something I love to do, and I think when you have that mindset, it lets you be free to just go out there and compete. It lets you be free to do what a lot of people think you can’t do. When you don’t have that (fear), it lets you be able to be free to pursue life and what you’re passionate about, not what other people think you should do.

Tebow hasn’t played competitive baseball since high school, but we’ve learned we can never count him out.


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