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The Internet thinks Tim Tebow’s MLB tryout wasn’t as awful as many anticipated

Tim Tebow visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 50 Radio Row. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sirius)

It was Tim Tebow day at USC’s Dedeaux Field on Tuesday, as the 29-year-old ex-NFL star tried out for a spot on an MLB team. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who was one of dozens of reporters invited to the event, 27 teams and 42 scouts showed up to watch Tebow’s workout.

Tebow arrived, as planned, at 2 p.m. ET, just after his agents at CAA distributed his bio sheet. The former quarterback’s paragraph on his philanthropy endeavors was longer than the one describing his baseball background. This probably isn’t surprising, considering the last time Tebow played America’s pastime competitively was as a junior in high school.

Tim Tebow wants to play baseball. This might not end well.

Dressed head-to-toe in Adidas thanks to a newly inked deal, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Tebow began his drills with the 60-yard dash.

Scouts measured Tebow’s time as anywhere between 6.6 and 6.8 seconds, according to Crasnick, all of which are pretty respectable times. In comparison, Angels star Mike Trout, for example, ran his 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds in 2009. Trout was only 17 years old at the time.

Next up were the outfield drills.

According to an unnamed American League scout who spoke to Scout.com reporter Taylor Blake Ward, “[Tebow] is wildly strong, but he’s not in baseball shape.”

A National League scout appeared to be a tad more optimistic, telling Ward that Tebow is “fringe by serviceable” as a left fielder.

But then another, speaking to ESPN’s Crasnick, judged Tebow’s arm as “below average.” It was his lack of throwing skills that partly contributed to his NFL demise, after all.

Tebow stepped up to the plate next to take a few swings against former MLB pitchers Chad Smith and David Aardsma. The leftie made contact with the ball on his first three pitches, before hitting a homer off an advertising board.

And then a few more yards.

That last one got the scouts talking, according to Ward.

Tebow also hit a couple of line drives.

In all, Tebow gave himself probably the best chance he could to break into baseball less than a year before he turns 30. Not bad.

Despite his better-than-anticipated showing, thought, the Internet still couldn’t help itself. It is still Tim Tebow, after all.

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