Is There Any Chance Of Tim Tebow Making It To The Major Leagues As A Pro Baseball Player?
Tim Tebow’s career took a strange turn on Tuesday morning. Less than a year after the Philadelphia Eagles released Tebow following a preseason stint with the team, which effectively ended his NFL career, Tebow’s agents revealed that the former University of Florida and Denver Broncos quarterback is planning to make a big change with regards to his career later this summer. He’s no longer going to pursue a roster spot on a football team and is instead going to take his talents to…the baseball diamond?
Tebow’s agents told ESPN reporter Adam Schefter that their client plans on trying to play professional baseball in the coming years. At 29, it’s an unorthodox career choice for Tebow, who was a star in high school but hasn’t played baseball in more than a decade now. But according to both his agents and those surrounding him right now—including former MLB player Gary Sheffield—Tebow is dead set on playing pro baseball at a high level. As a football player, he was determined to play quarterback and wouldn’t agree to a position change, but as a baseball player, he sounds committed to the cause and willing to do whatever it will take to get to the big leagues. Only question now is: Will he actually be able to do it?
The odds are stacked against Tebow. Outside of the fact that he hasn’t played baseball in a long time now, he’s too old to be a project player for an MLB team. If anything, he’s a guy who could join a roster in September and give some team’s attendance a boost. A team like the Atlanta Braves could bring Tebow in for a week or two and let him play just to put fans in the seats at the end of a long season. But if they did that, there’s a good chance that the team’s players wouldn’t approve of it, and it could lead to a mutiny and cause more trouble than it would be worth.
Tebow has always been a guy willing to take on any challenge. But at this point in his life, this one might be too much. Even for him.