Former NFL QB and Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, has decided to pursue a career in professional baseball. This is completely SERIOUS. So serious that he plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month and he’s been reportedly training over the past year in Arizona to refine his skills since he last played as a junior in high school in 2005. At Nease High School, Tim Tebow was an all-state baseball player who raked .494. Below is Tebow pictured in high school. Mark DeRosa jokingly said on MLB Network that he swings like Mark Teixeira.
Not convinced yet? Tebow’s agents, Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan,, are working with Brodie Van Wagenen, the co-head of CAA Baseball, to make his baseball dream come true. Van Wagenen said in a statement, “This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have seen Tim’s workouts and people inside and outside the industry – scouts, executives, players and fans – will be impressed by his talent. 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.”
The reactions revolving around Tebow’s baseball dream have been mixed…
Former Major Leaguer Gary Sheffield and 9-time All-Star has been impressed with Tebow:
Chad Moeller, a former MLB catcher has had great things to say about Tebow, “I am beyond impressed with Tim’s athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic. I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly.”
Tom Kotchman, former Los Angeles Angels scout said to WEEI-AM, “We wanted to draft him, but he never sent back his information card. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise we were going to take him.”
An Independent League team has even offered Tebow a contract:
The White Sox AA affiliate, the Birmingham Barons joined in on the fun with a Michael Jordan reference:
Adam Jones, Greg Swindle, Dontrelle Willis aren’t too sure about Tebow:
Tim Tebow will continue to be ridiculed for his choice, but that won’t stop him. He’s dealt with media crap his whole career. Tim Tebow is the role model every kid should strive to be. He is incredibly hard working, committed and persistent as well as a fantastic all around man. I am rooting for him to make it. Is it likely? Odds are against him but anything is possible and I would love nothing more than to see Tebow prove everyone wrong!