2007 Heisman Trophy winner. 2006 and 2008 BCS National Championship Quarterback for the University of Florida. First round draft pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, MLB Outfielder?
Tim Tebow is known by many people within the sports realm. He is primarily known for his outstanding play at the University of Florida, as well as his short career in the National Football League (NFL), but it seems as though we may be seeing Tebow in the Blue and Orange once again, however, this time as a New York Mets Outfielder.
Some analysts have said that this may be a business move, a way for the Mets organization to raise money by the sale of jerseys. After all, in 2010, Tebow’s rookie season in the NFL he did have the number one selling jersey, however, others claim he has proven himself worthy in the minors the previous season, and deserves the call up.
The six-foot-three, two-hundred and fourty-five pound, thirty year-old hit for .220, 3 home runs and 23 RBI’s, over a span of 64 games, for the Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League. This proved to be what the Mets wanted to see from the new slugger as he was called up in June to the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. During his tenure he proved consistent, batting for .231, 5 home runs and 29 RBI’s across a span of 62 games.
While this stat line may not scream prospect, it does seem as though the thirty-year old ex-NFL quarterback can get the job done. Not bad for someone who, admittedly, has not seriously played baseball (until the summer before his spring debut) since high school.
WeK may not see Tebow in the MLB for some time, if ever, but one thing for certain is he can play. He is an athlete, and regardless of what sport, or team, he is greeted by his large fan base. Will Tebow prove his worth in the upcoming Mets spring-training, which he was invited to? Or will he find himself back in the Florida State League playing for St. Lucie. Time will tell, but it will be good to finally watch America’s past-time once again.
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