He became a household name as a quarterback and now he’s about to embark on the next phase of his career. Tim Tebow looks all set to kick his baseball career back into high gear. Yes, you read it right, baseball.
Tebow just finished his college football duties as a commentator for this season and now it appears he’s getting ready for the baseball season as a farmhand for the New York Mets. Tebow had better get training hard as the Mets have just extended him a once in a lifetime invitation.
The Mets have asked Tebow to attend the team’s major league spring training camp. He’ll spend spring taking swings with the likes of Yoenis Cespedes, and may even take pitches from the likes of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.
This will be Tebow’s second stint in professional baseball. We first learned of his transition from football to baseball in 2016. It was a pretty big deal and of the 30 teams that are currently in the MBL, 28 sent representatives to watch his open tryout that summer. The Mets liked what they saw and signed the ex NFL star to a minor league contract in September of that year. Tebow then went on to attend the Mets’ instructional league and the Arizona Fall League.
Tebow was sent to the Mets’ Class-A affiliate’s the Columbia Fireflies at the start of 2017. He made quite an impression, he hit .220/.311/.336, knocked out three homers, collected 24 walks, and on the downside, was called 69 times for strikeouts. This was enough for the Mets to send Tebow to the next level at the St. Lucie Mets. For the Mets’ Class-A Advanced team Tebow knocked in five home runs, was walked 19 times, hit .231/.307/.356, and was struck out 57 times, which all around was a marked improvement.
Will Tebow be at spring training for the whole duration? Probably not, maybe a few weeks. Baseball teams use spring training to gauge who will make the major league and who will be sent to the minors. The reality is that Tebow isn’t expected to be playing for the Mets on opening day but the mere fact that he is working his way through the farm system makes it interesting enough to think, maybe, just maybe, we’ll see Tebow in the Major leagues.