Former NFL QB Tim Tebow is not giving up on his baseball career
ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow is most known for his time on the gridiron, but the former NFL quarterback also has a love for the game of baseball.
The 32-year-old has been a part of the New York Mets’ organization since 2016, most recently having played for the club’s Triple-A affiliate last season.
While making it to the major leagues seems like a lost cause for Tebow at this point, the University of Florida legend isn’t giving up, saying he still wants to make a run at playing in the bigs:
“I want to be remembered for being someone who goes after what he believes in,” Tebow told Scott Gleeson USA TODAY. “Someone who isn’t afraid to show what’s on their heart.”
When Tebow signed with the Mets, he had not actually played baseball since his junior year of high school, which was all the way back in 2005.
Given how much time had passed between Tebow’s last meaningful stint on the diamond and his Mets minor-league debut in 2016, what he has been able to accomplish has been impressive.
However, Tebow’s numbers just aren’t good enough to warrant a spot on a major-league roster, as he owns a lifetime minor-league slash line of .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs and 107 RBI over 1,048 plate appearances.
Last year, Tim Tebow slashed just .163/.240/.255 with four long balls and 19 RBI across 264 trips to the dish at Triple-A Syracuse, which came after a rather solid 2018 campaign at Double-A Binghamton when he posted a .734 OPS.
At his age, the chances of Tebow improving to the point of getting a big-league call-up seem slim to none.