It has been confirmed that Tim Tebow is quite serious in following the footsteps of Michael Jordan, circa 1994, expressing strong interest in pursuing a baseball career after playing in the NFL. Reports have also confirmed that the former football star has been practicing in Arizona and Los Angeles, piquing the curiosity of fans. The news has been generating interest among baseball teams, with some already keeping a watchful eye on the athlete.
Initially thought to have been a publicity stunt, a USA Today report claims that Tebow is serious, and that “the former NFL quarterback’s workout for major league scouts won’t be a sideshow.” CAA Baseball co-head Brodie Van Wagenen also attested to Tebow’s sincere eagerness to become a baseball player.
“This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said Van Wagenen in a statement to USA Today. “As an agent, I have a genuine respect for how hard it is to succeed at the game of baseball and a true admiration for those who possess the talent to play it at the Major League level. Tim’s tool set is real.”
And team’s from the Independent Frontier League have also seen the tool set Tebow has to offer. ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter has confirmed that Frontier League team the Schaumburg Boomers have already sent Tim a contract to be their outfielder.
His tweet can be seen below.
The Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers of the independent Frontier League have offered Tim Tebow a contract to play as an outfielder.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2016
Jon Heyman of the Knuckleball also claimed that multiple teams are also eyeing the former NFL player. Despite not having played baseball for almost ten years, his natural athleticism still makes him an above average candidate.
His swing also says something about him as Chad Moeller shared via Twitter.
— Chad Moeller (@ChadMoellerMLB) August 9, 2016
Former MLB great Gary Sheffield shared Moeller’s sentiments, saying Tim has the ability to “play in the bigs.”
— Gary Sheffield (@garysheffield) August 9, 2016
And why not? He’s not just generating interest among baseball teams, he’s already signing baseballs.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 14, 2016
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