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Braves GM: Tebow, interest in him “good for baseball”

Former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow works out for baseball scouts and the media during a showcase on the campus of the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) AP

Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella told MLB.com that ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow wanting to play baseball is good for the game and said a potential signing would be a “no risk” situation for the Braves.

“It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball,” Coppolella said.

It sounds the like the Braves are leaning towards signing Tebow and have a plan for him that includes an instructional league starting later this month and a spot, probably in left field, with the team’s AA club in Mississippi next spring. A signing bonus of approximately $100,000 is cheap by baseball standards.

“If it doesn’t work, we’ll be honest with Tim early, and we can move on,” Coppolella said. “If it does work, it’s great for the Braves and it’s great for baseball.”

Coppolella insisted his team’s interest is not just a marketing ploy and is based on input from two scouts who attended Tebow’s workout for potential suitors last month.

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10 Responses to “Braves GM: Tebow, interest in him “good for baseball””
  1. pftcancer says: Sep 6, 2016 10:35 PM

    No. No it’s not….

  2. iseek11 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:37 PM

    The best thing about Tebow signing with the Braves will be that we will get accounts of every at bat and fielded ball inning by inning and day after day because NOBODY…..CAN…..JUST…..LET……IT……GO

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 6, 2016 10:49 PM

    Tim’s agent returned the compliment saying “Baseball’s interest in Tebow for the sake of publicity is ‘good for Tebow’…”.

  4. trollkiller55 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:50 PM

    given the current Braves team is a AAA team at best this is no surprise

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 6, 2016 11:31 PM

    “It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball,”

    This may sound ironic, but Tim Tebow won’t save you.

  6. piis314 says: Sep 6, 2016 11:40 PM

    If Tebow only has similar results in MLB as the NFL, it looks like the Braves are headed to the playoffs! Woot woot!!!

  7. unbridledsexy says: Sep 7, 2016 12:36 AM

    The guy is an athlete at a high level, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was able to do well in the minors and possibly beyond.

  8. araidersfan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:21 AM

    Publicity stunt for the Braves. And for Tebow this adds to his resume for when he becomes a Republican political candidate in the near future.

    As someone who doesn’t have much regard for the 2 major parties, it’ll be hilarious to watch Tebow debate Colin Kaepernick & Michael Sam (Democratic candidates) in a few years.

  9. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 7, 2016 6:56 AM

    Another circus. The AA pitchers will make him look silly.

  10. nflgtcfl says: Sep 7, 2016 11:31 AM

    If Tebow actually pulled it off and ended up in the majors after not playing much in years it would be an amazing story.

    But … he won’t pull it off.

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