Tebow Signs With The Mets
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow‘s transition to baseball is officially complete. On Thursday, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner signed a contract to play in the system for a Major League Baseball club.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Tebow will sign a minor-league contract. His next step will be to play in the Instructional League. The Mets officially tweeted the news that he has inked a deal a few minutes after Schefter broke the news.
Tebow hosted a tryout in Los Angeles for dozens of MLB teams on Aug. 30 after training for baseball for nearly a year. He reportedly ran the 60-yard dash in 6.65 to 6.82 seconds, an above average time for the league, especially for a player who checked in at 6 foot 3, 255 pounds.
While Tebow flashed big power at the plate in his tryout, some scouts wondered about his ability to hit offspeed pitches. With more than 12 years passed since Tebow last played baseball at Nease High School, he’ll undoubtedly need quite a bit of work before he’s ready for the big show.
He had previously worked as an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network for two years after being hired in late 2013. Tebow had several stints in the NFL but struggled to find a foothold again after being released by the New York Jets following the 2012 season. He has not played in a regular-season game since, despite preseason brief stints with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Source: florida.247sports / USA Today