Don’t count out Tim Tebow’s Major League Baseball career quite yet.
Tebow, the 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, is currently in major league spring training with the New York Mets. He spent last season in the Mets’ organization, playing a total of 126 games across two different levels of Class A baseball. In a video tweeted by SportsNet New York on Sunday, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson expressed confidence in Tebow’s ability to one day play in the big leagues.
“We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp, that that would accelerate his development, rather than falling back on protocol,” Alderson said in the SNY video. “So I’m very comfortable that he’s here. He’s going to be a great addition over the next six weeks. Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess, that’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.”
Tebow, who played in left field or center field when not the designated hitter, had a .226 batting average last season across 64 games with the Class A Columbia Fireflies and 62 games with the advanced Class A St. Lucie Mets. He finished with 126 strikeouts in 430 total at-bats and hit eight home runs and 52 RBI. Tebow, who spent three seasons as an NFL quarterback with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, is old for a major league prospect. He told reporters Sunday that 2017 was his first full baseball season in 12 years, with his previous one coming during his junior year of high school.
But that did not stop Alderson from making a lofty prediction — based on, as he said, a guess and hope — that Tebow will reach the highest level of a sport he made a late pivot to.
“For me, my goal isn’t about what’s going to happen one day,” Tebow said Sunday when asked about Alderson’s comments. “My goal is to focus on this day. Our outfield work, my training session, getting to know all the new coaches and working as hard as I can. And I think one of the important things about being an athlete is being able to lock in and have tunnel vision. Because I can’t worry about one day if I’m going to play in the bigs or not. I think I got into this because I love it, I’m passionate about it, and for me, it’s being able to lock in and have tunnel vision regardless of which team I’m on, wherever they decide to put me, I’m going to be able to lock in and give it everything I have.”
Here is the full video of Tebow addressing the media Sunday:
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