Tim Tebow turns his attention to baseball

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Tim Tebow hasn’t reached the same heights in professional football that Michael Jordan reached in professional basketball, but that doesn’t mean he can’t steal a page from Jordan’s book when it comes to unexpected second acts in sports.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tebow is “actively pursuing a career in professional baseball” and plans to hold a workout, shirtless and rainy or otherwise, for major league teams later this month. Tebow, who resisted any and all calls to change his football position, has been training in Arizona and California.

Tebow will also be turning 29 later this month, which is a late start date for a career on the diamond but it’s not the first time that the prospect of Tebow wielding a bat has come up. Tebow hit .494 as a high school junior and some veteran baseball scouts said he would have been drafted coming out of high school if he had played his final year, but Tebow was off to Gainesville to pursue gridiron glory in what would have been his final high school semester.

It’s impossible to know what kind of skills Tebow might still have, but his name would probably make a few minor league teams interested in bringing him onboard to test them out in front of paying customers who might not show up to watch more typical aspiring baseball players. Going that route never got Jordan to the big leagues, but he had a bit more to fall back on in his first athletic pursuit.

106 responses to “Tim Tebow turns his attention to baseball

  1. Tebow just may be the most delusional athlete ever, and that’s really saying something. He hasn’t played baseball in over ten years, and he thinks he’s going to just show up, try out, and get to play pro ball? He can’t cut it in the NFL, so now he’s going to go try another sport. Lord help us. He has about as much chance of actually making a major league roster as I do, and I’m not trying out. This guy needs to get a clue. If he really wanted to play pro sports, he would’ve gone to the CFL and learned to play quarterback. Apparently his ego is too big to allow something like that, so now he’s going to try out for the major leagues. Unbelievable. Tebow’s a great physical specimen, to be sure, but there’s a little thing called a “skill set” that they kinda look for on the highest levels of pro sports. Tebow simply doesn’t possess that.

  2. This is the righteous path. God wants Tebow to get hit in the nuts with a fastball.

  3. Baseball notwithstanding, there’s no doubt in my mind that Tim Tebow’s real future is as a Republican politician. Just as Michael Sam will be a candidate for the Democratic party. It’ll certainly be amusing to watch those two debate.

  4. Seems a little late. Why doesn’t he switch to fullback or TE? He has talent, just can’t throw like an elite QB.

  5. If he had graduated at age 22 like most college students, then he might have had 7 years experience in some profession by now. Some former athletes have a hard time letting it go.

  6. Lot of haters in the world.

    Why do you care to bash what the dude is doing with his life?

    He’s wealthy, athletic, and leading a life he wants to live.

    Here I sit at my office desk.

    Who’s to be hated?

  7. Hope he’s able to let all this go in a few years, because if not there is a freight load of regret headed his way.

  8. Small correction to the story….Jordan did make it to the show……just not for very long

  9. Baseball’s minor league system has a way of both developing and winnowing talent as proven by Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, etc. In fact most great/good/mediocre QBs were accomplished baseball players in their youth. Being a relief pitcher is his best odds since half of most major-league roster’s are pitchers.

    The real question is does he have the drive to skip being an SEC announcer, motivational speaker and all those other activities he does to place a singular focus on baseball? Very few 29-year-olds would because at that point in their life they’ve discovered there’s more in the world than just baseball. I don’t see it happening but I also didn’t see him winning an AFC playoff game either.

    As for resentment by other players, you only see that when players don’t think an individual is placing the team first (see Yasiel Puig). No one who knows Tim Tebow has ever accused him of that.

  10. The circus continues.

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    v2787 says:
    Aug 9, 2016 7:34 AM
    Tebow just may be the most delusional athlete ever, and that’s really saying something. He hasn’t played baseball in over ten years, and he thinks he’s going to just show up, try out, and get to play pro ball? He can’t cut it in the NFL, so now he’s going to go try another sport. Lord help us. He has about as much chance of actually making a major league roster as I do, and I’m not trying out. This guy needs to get a clue. If he really wanted to play pro sports, he would’ve gone to the CFL and learned to play quarterback. Apparently his ego is too big to allow something like that, so now he’s going to try out for the major leagues. Unbelievable. Tebow’s a great physical specimen, to be sure, but there’s a little thing called a “skill set” that they kinda look for on the highest levels of pro sports. Tebow simply doesn’t possess that.

    18 22

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    Drafted in the first round.

    Threw more TDs than ints

    Has a winning record

    Won a playoff game.

    Tebow has done more than 80% of all NFL QB”s to ever play the game.

  11. Probably not going to in the majors but why knock him for trying out. All the Tebow hate is silly. Let the guy follow his dreams.

  12. “Tebow just may be the most delusional athlete ever, and that’s really saying something. He hasn’t played baseball in over ten years, and he thinks he’s going to just show up, try out, and get to play pro ball? He can’t cut it in the NFL, so now he’s going to go try another sport. Lord help us. He has about as much chance …blah, blah blah”
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    man – you haters are something else. Every year young and not so young men all over the country go to open try outs for baseball, football, basketball, hockey, just hoping for a chance to keep playing a sport they love. Maybe they are delusional, some of them certainly are, but you know what? If they get picked up by a team they get to get paid playing a game they love. That’s a lot better alternative than most of the career options available this day and age. Why do you care?

  13. My father-in-law named his dog Tebow.
    I kick that dog every time I hear or read a story about Tim Tebow.

    …..here boy..

  14. By all indications Jordan was well on his way to the big leagues when the strike hit and he decided to return to the NBA. Most people remember Jordan’s slow start and think of his baseball career as a joke, but in classic Jordan fashion, he worked his tail off and was playing pretty respectable ball by the end of it.

  15. For a guy that shoves his holiness down your throat, he sure has a GIGANTIC EGO. A superior athlete, named Jordan couldn’t do it, and neither can he. I guess he is the only one in the world that does not know. Look up hubris, Mr. Tebow.

  16. People seem to like him as a broadcaster, morning show host type deal, he should really just milk that. If he sticks with it, he could end up very wealthy and its a pretty cushy job.

  17. Not surprised actually.

    If Tebow loved football enough he would do what a lot of us say he should do. But he doesn’t.

    Tim Tebow is all about his brand and his ministry. He said so himself.

    That’s what this is all about. Nothing more.

  18. I see the Nike Campaign

    Te-Bow Knows Baseball? Scene of him throwing a baseball into the dirt

    Te Bow Knows Football? Scene of Him Throwing a Football into the dirt

    Te Bow Knows Hockey? Scene of him hitting a puck into the stands.

    Hey though one thing I’ll say he has persistence and that will get you far eventually

  19. The odds are against him. Getting to the majors is next to impossible. Just ask Michael Jordan. Nevertheless, I wish him well.

  20. I thought he had turned his attention to Home&Garden TV.

    The sooner his god tells him that it’s time to give up on sports, the better off we will all be.

  21. I love how he’ll be holding workouts for teams to come have a look at him. The stones on this guy.

    If you really want to try to make a team, you wait until they have open tryouts and see if you can make an Single A short season team or something.

  22. bum65 says:
    Aug 9, 2016 7:43 AM
    Seems a little late. Why doesn’t he switch to fullback or TE? He has talent, just can’t throw like an elite QB.
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    Dude – Tebow doesn’t play Tight End because he’s just not good at catching the ball. Fullback would be a better fit because he is good at the physically part but FB is becoming defunct on so many teams.

  23. Tebow shouldn’t give up so easily. He’s already shown he is a better postseason option than the red-headed guy who is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s dubious record for one-and-dones…. If the Bengals want to actually end their streak of postseason losses, they should give Tebow a shot.

  24. He can bless his bats like Serrano did in the film Major League. Maybe he”ll even ask for a dead chicken. Go get em Joe Boo.

  25. He’ll likely get picked up by some low level minor league system, spend a few years in the bus league and quietly fade away.

  26. “Going that route never got Jordan to the big leagues, but he had a bit more to fall back on in his first athletic pursuit.”

    Yeah, just a bit. Understate much?

  27. I really hope he is looking at this as a fun way to spend the off season from college football as other guys would look at slo pitch softball.

    He is a very good analyst but deep down I guess he is a as narcissistic as the next athlete.

  28. It’s a bit surprising that Tebow is willing to toil away in the baseball minor leagues, but is apparently resistant to the idea of doing so in the football minor leagues, in essence, the CFL. Nonetheless, I wish him well in his pursuits.

  29. …..so does this mean that we won’t have anymore stories on the FOOTBALL boards and all future Tebow news will get posted on the BASEBALL boards?……please make the adjustment. Thanks.

  30. Why do people hate this guy? He has more postseason wins than many of today’s starting QBs…..including the red-headed choker in Cincinnati. I don’t understand the Tebow-hate.

  31. Here’s the only problem I have with this story. Why does he get this publicity when there are hundreds of other young men who try out for Major League Baseball every year and no one ever hears about them?

    It’s his life and he can do what he wants with it. At least he’s not a trouble maker like some others (see Manziel, for instance).

  32. I don’t understand the “Jordan couldn’t do it, so neither could Tebow” argument. Those are two very different people who played very different sports at very different times. Jordan was 31, Tebow is 28. There is no comparison.

  33. The hate on Tebow is simple to understand. It all comes from secular God hating heathens.

  34. Firstly, to all the people bashing him for trying, I disagree with your arguments. Why shouldn’t he try out and give it a shot?? We know his NFL career is over. As for baseball, I doubt he’ll pitch…BUT I FULLY believe he’ll throw a baseball just fine. Remember why people hated Tebow’s QB skills?? He had a long throwing motion, that motion is just fine for a baseball player.

    I don’t think he’ll go to the majors, but I won’t knock him for trying. I think he’s throw will be fine….MY worry is can he catch a baseball and how will hit??

  35. Firstly, to all the people bashing him for trying, I disagree with your arguments. Why shouldn’t he try out and give it a shot?? We know his NFL career is over. As for baseball, I doubt he’ll pitch…BUT I FULLY believe he’ll throw a baseball just fine. Remember why people hated Tebow’s QB skills?? He had a long throwing motion, that motion is just fine for a baseball player.

    I don’t think he’ll go to the majors, but I won’t knock him for trying. I think he’s throw will be fine….MY worry is can he catch a baseball and how will he hit??

  36. It’s amusing to me that Tebow gets nothing but derision from the same people that love Goodell.

  37. Good luck kid. There’s going to be haters in whatever you decide to do (please see numerous references above). They were too afraid to chase their own dreams and want to pull you down to their level. And if you try and fail, well at least you put more effort than 99% of the trolls here.

  38. I played rookie league, A and AA professional baseball many years ago out of high school, didn’t make it to the bigs and I find it highly unlikely Tebow will have much success there after not playing baseball for so many years. Especially if he manages to advance to AA where the pitching is close to and sometimes as good as major league pitching with some of the guys.

    If this Tebow thing was happening back when I played in 78,79,80, I would give him a somewhat better shot at hitting as everyone wasn’t throwing over 90 back then. Although most breaking balls at AA level would have him buckling at the knees every time and he missing them by 10″.

    Yeah, he’ll make an A ball roster as a side show. It’ll last a month or so until the fat lady sings,

  39. I guess he’ll be a designated hitter since there’s no possibility of him throwing!

  40. smokehouse56 says:
    Aug 9, 2016 10:38 AM
    The hate on Tebow is simple to understand. It all comes from secular God hating heathens.
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    Judge not, lest you be judged. Condemn not, for you are destined to become what you condemn.

    Food for thought….

  41. “Two-hopper to Tebow at shortstop. Tim turns and fires to first. Oh no! The ball ends up in the stands. The runner heads to second base on the two base error by Tebow.”

  42. Aug 9, 2016 9:34 AM – zoellner25 says: I hit .391 as a HS Senior. Can I go pro too?

    If you’ve stayed in shape and are committed to it, you can certainly try, but you’ll have to ignore a bunch of arrogant nay-sayers who’ll just want to tear you down because they gave up their dreams. Good luck, my friend.

  43. “The hate on Tebow is simple to understand. It all comes from secular God hating heathens.”

    As opposed to those who believe in fairy tales like the world is only 7000 years old?

  44. Elway destroyed Tebow’s NFL career. How do you trade a QB that just won you a playoff game with a team that was 4-12 a year prior?

  45. I’m not betting on it, but no one on this thread dogging him has seen him play. lol what if he was just a pure hitter.

    Can you imagine if he DH’ed for like Tampa? Would be hilarious to see him hit .240 couple of dingers here and there. Just good enough to draw a crowd at home games. Would be hilarious and awesome.

  46. Tebow, do the smart thing: get a girlfriend, move to an island, and sip tropical drinks out of a coconut shell.

  47. If Tebow were black all this hate against him, you know damn well Obama and the rest of the racists like him and CNN and Sharpton and Stephen A and well you know all the racists, who they are, they’d be in a huge uproar. Heck even BLM would be looting, I mean protesting.

  48. Why do you losers care so much about what another man does with his life? Oh, that’s right, because you’re losers.
    If he wants to try out for MLB, even if he isn’t any good, more power to him.

  49. “Good for him. Sports, and society in general, needs more athletes like Tim Tebow!”

    How high are you?

  50. aj66shanghai says:

    Aug 9, 2016 12:27 PM
    Tebow is a garbage human being who is also inhumanly stupid.

    He’s raises money for an orphange, raised money for Shands Hospital pediatric cancer center in Gainesville and a Disney trip for disadvantaged children, and he’s looking to build a Children’s Hospital in the Philippines.

    So if he’s a “garbage human being” what’s that make you?

  51. PLEASE PLEASE stop the tight end talk……the guys that play TE in the NFL are some of the most athletic and biggest guys in the league—-NO nfl team is looking for a second(or third )rate H-back……get a clue, people—-

  52. “elevandoo says:
    Aug 9, 2016 8:58 AM
    He’d be in the nfl if he played TE.”

    gronk, reed, olsen, walker, green, walker, kelce, thomas, ertz, allen, eifert,………..tebow????…lmao yeah TE that must be his position—-tebow CANNOT play TE in the nfl….(spare me the 2 pt specialist nonsense too)—

  53. There are players in the NFL who have beaten their wives and committed murder, and they don’t get as much hate as this young man. I do not get it.

  54. With the work ethic and determination this guy has, he could rise right to the top of a profession for which he actually has a skill set. If he figures out what that is, he might accomplish something worthwhile. It wasn’t football. I don’t think it’s baseball.

    Is there an industry that puts less effort into doing a good job than the airline industry? I doubt it. Maybe Tebow could help those employees give a flying fork. Or at least get them to pretend to.

  55. strummer174 says:
    Aug 9, 2016 5:23 PM
    With the work ethic and determination this guy has, he could rise right to the top of a profession for which he actually has a skill set … Is there an industry that puts less effort into doing a good job than the airline industry?
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    You make a great point. Tebow would make a wonderful flight attendant.

  56. impressivenecktattoo says:
    Aug 9, 2016 12:55 PM
    If Tebow were black all this hate against him, you know damn well Obama and the rest of the racists like him and CNN and Sharpton and Stephen A and well you know all the racists, who they are, they’d be in a huge uproar. Heck even BLM would be looting, I mean protesting.
    =================================

    What happened? Wife left you for a black guy? That’s some pretty pathetic crap coming from you.

  57. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 9, 2016 12:19 PM
    Elway destroyed Tebow’s NFL career. How do you trade a QB that just won you a playoff game with a team that was 4-12 a year prior?
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    Because he sucks at pro football?

    Why don’t you call Bellichek/your beloved Pats and ask him to have Tebow play the first four games while Brady has his hair and nails done?

  58. smokehouse56 says:
    Aug 9, 2016 10:38 AM
    The hate on Tebow is simple to understand. It all comes from secular God hating heathens.
    ==================================

    Your fictional god has nothing to do with it, but people like you have everything to do with it. None of it’s Tebow’s fault. He’s a good kid and not NFL material. He actively gets himself involved in these circuses and makes a fool of himself with the media’s help. Then clowns like you jump in resulting in Tebow getting blamed for the crap people like you push on the rest of us.

    Take your god stuff and bury it where the sun don’t shine.

  59. Who in their right mind thinks MLB players are better than Tebow. If baseball had full disclosure of drug cheats and voidied contracts for players who test positive for PEDs there would be hundreds of spots for Tebow. He’s better than than a lot of those cheats because they are fake.

  60. A minor league team would be smart to give him a chance. Not because he’ll be any good, because the crowds at most minor league games are paltry. I never liked Tebow or the circus around him, but if he played a few games in AAA Buffalo, I’d go check it out.

  61. Damn — Tebow playing Rugby Sevens would make him an internationally known star athlete. He has to stop thinking U.S. only — think big!

  62. This guy wants to be a professional athlete so bad he is willing to try other sports than football. Listen Timmy, sometimes you just can’t have what you want. Check! now move out Tim boy.

  63. Good luck to Tim. Why not? Put yourself in his place, you’d want to play. He would be a good draw in minor league cities.

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