Look out, baseball – here comes Tim Tebow! After a three-year break from professional sports, the former NFL quarterback has traded the gridiron for the outfield, as he’s signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets.
Tim, 29, became the latest member of the Mets’ family on Sept. 7, per USA Today, and he’ll now head to the Instructional League. Though the roster has been set for MLB’s Arizona Fall League, there’s a chance Tim could be added (where he would play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.) Wintering in Arizona? That’s not too shabby.
Both of these leagues help top prospects hone their skills, and since Tim hasn’t played baseball since 2004, he needs the tune-up. So while it’s incredible to see a former NFL player switch sports, Tim still has plenty work ahead of him before he makes his debut with “The Amazin’ Mets.”
“The body is just outstanding. He’s athletic, has speed, power,” a scout told The New York Daily News following the exhibition Tim held for 28 MLB teams eight days before his signing. However, Tim wasn’t a natural. He struggled to hit against a human pitcher and his throwing motion – always an issue when he was a quarterback – was still an issue.
Tim will attempt to land a spot as a corner outfielder, but that’s going to be a big challenge. He was awkward while out in field, catching a ball with two hands and falling once while on the warning track. “He’s an athlete. But it wasn’t fluid. It wasn’t pretty,” a scout told the News.
Even if it wasn’t pretty, it got the job done – and Tim’s back in professional sports. Though Tim bounced between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, the last time he played an official game was with the New York Jets in 2013. He may make it back to the Empire State if he does well in the Instructional league. If he does well, he could get assigned to the Mets’ Class AA affiliate in Binghamton, New York. It’s a bit of a drive from Citi Field, but at least it’s in the same state.
The last time Tim was in the news was thanks to Donald Trump, 70, as the former Denver Broncos QB was listed as a speaker at the Republican National Convention. Tim had to make a statement to say that it was just a rumor. It seems if someone wants to catch a bit of Tebow, they better get some tickets to a baseball game.
What do you think about Tim getting signed by the Mets, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’ll make it in the baseball world?