Tim Tebow is not yet done chasing his dreams to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). According to latest MLB news, the former NFL quarterback is set to report for a Minor League camp with the New York Mets next week.
Tebow made the Arizona Fall League last season but had poor numbers in his attempt to make the Major League roster. He signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September 2016 and it was seen just as a publicity stunt for the franchise.
Tebow trying hard to get to the MLB
According to reports, Tebow will have a workout with Daniel Murphy, a second baseman for the Washington Nationals. Tebow logged 194/.264/.242 in 62 at-bats last year so he needs a lot to work on if he wants to make the Mets roster next season.
“It’s not that we talk that much about the Mets organization, although they have been great to both of us. It’s just about the pursuit of baseball, the ins and outs. He is a total analyst of the game and works like crazy,” Tebow stated to the New York Post.
“For us, it’s been going over the little things over and over and over again. Talking pitches, out of the hand, how we’re picking stuff up. That’s what Daniel does that’s such a different level.”
Back in 2016, Tebow stated that he just want to pursue his dream of playing pro baseball. The last time Tebow played competitive baseball was in 2005 in high school. So the minor league deal came as a surprise to many.
“We are extremely intrigued with the potential Tim has. He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has great character, a competitive spirit,” Sandy Alderson, Mets general manager stated at the time of signing. “Aside from the age, this is a classic player-development opportunity for us. The idea that any one player has no chance to make it to the big leagues, I reject.”
Tim Tebow’s NFL failure
Tebow had a so-so NFL career that saw him suit up for the Denver Broncos (2010 to 2011) and New York Jets (2012). He was also part of the practice/offseason squads of the New England Patriots (2013) and Philadelphia Eagles (2015). Tebow made the NFL playoffs and played well in the postseason.
But his NFL career was cut short with his quarterbacking abilities not fit with the style of his NFL teams. The struggle at the NFL forced him out of the league. He joined the broadcast booth after unsuccessful tries with the Patriots and Eagles.
According to the same report, Tebow has worked this offseason with former pros Gary Sheffield and hitting coach Kevin Long.
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