Aware he’s “partially a sideshow,” Tebow doesn’t want to be a full-blown baseball sideshow

Tim Tebow wants to play baseball. But he’s apparently not interested in spending much (if any) time playing minor league baseball, because at the minor league level it would often be less about honing his baseball skills and more about marketing a modern-day Mighty Casey to those who would buy tickets and jerseys and hats and bobbleheads and food and other stuff.

“You’re taking a 28-year-old,” Tebow’s baseball trainer, Chad Moeller, told USA Today regarding the player who will be 28 for only three more days. “You know what you’re getting. It’s either going to work or it’s not, and it’s going to have to be fast-tracked.”

Gary Sheffield, who is trumpeting Tebow’s talents but whose financial or other interest isn’t as obvious as Moeller’s, suggests that Tebow could make it to the major leagues within two years. That means Tebow would have to spend plenty of time in the minors, and it’s unclear whether Tebow really wants to do that.

“Do I think [teams are] selfishly going to want to sell some seats? Yeah. And he knows it,” Moeller said of Tebow. “And that’s why he really hopes [and] wants a team that thinks he can do this, and not just, ‘We’re going to send him to every level and sell a whole bunch of seats and sell a whole bunch of merchandise and we’re just going to have a sideshow.’ He knows he’s partially a sideshow to start with. But he does want a team that actually thinks this is for real and thinks this is someone that can help us.”

Even then, Tebow will likely have to humble himself and accept the lifestyle of a minor-league player.

“That’s buses, or really bad flights, and not making close to what he’s making probably taking much better flights talking to people or doing TV or whatever. It’s a big, big difference. And so he knows those things,” Moeller said.

Moeller’s comments tend to underscore the notion that Tebow doesn’t want to fully and truly climb the mountain in pursuit of his dream, and that he hopes to get to the top by taking short cuts due to his advanced at. Whether he has the talent at his advanced age to justify short cuts remains to be seen.

If he does, the headline should be that he missed his true calling in life, because if he can cobble together a Major League Baseball career on on the doorstep of 30, Tebow could have played baseball a lot longer, and made a lot more money, if he had embraced baseball immediately after high school.

Which is, frankly, what anyone good enough to play baseball or basketball at the professional level should do. Yes, I prefer football to those sports but, no, I’m not blind to the reality that, all things being equal, it makes a lot more sense to play baseball or basketball professionally than football.

17 responses to “Aware he’s “partially a sideshow,” Tebow doesn’t want to be a full-blown baseball sideshow

  1. So he really believes a team will sign him and send him straight to the majors? Truly delusional

  2. Partially a sideshow? You’re selling yourself a bit short there. You may be the ultimate sideshow.

  3. Seriously one of the biggest ego maniacs. Didn’t cut it as a QB in the NFL but turns down offers to play another position or develop in the Canadian Football league or Arena. He expects to just hop into a MLB pitching rotation or team in general without willing to move up the ranks of the minors? He honestly leaves too many impressions that he’s better than a player who needs development.

  4. He has to pay the same price any other player would. He has to prove he can hit the pitching in double A, at minimum order he can forget the whole thing

  5. Jeff Samardzija , below average in his contract year and below average this year after signing his contract, is guaranteed another $80 million. That will put him over $120 million for his career. If he can be close to average and not drop off a cliff or be significantly hurt at age 35 he will probably sign more contracts. Has a WR ever made $120 million for his career? Definitely not a career #5. So, yeah if Tebow could have been playing baseball this whole time and done anything he would have made more than trying to be a QB or even being a decent TE.

  6. Mediocre football player and a basic unknown as a baseball player. What team is going to sign him to a major league contract? They would have to be desperate. I’m really tired of this guys act. Yes we get it you are moral and nice! I can just see it 2025 Tim Tebow televangelist or Congressman arrested for tax evasion etc.

  7. Easy solution. Sign him and if after a full training camp he shows he can help right now he stays….. and if not cut him.

  8. genericcommenter says:
    Aug 10, 2016 11:00 PM

    Jeff Samardzija , below average in his contract year and below average this year after signing his contract, is guaranteed another $80 million. That will put him over $120 million for his career. If he can be close to average and not drop off a cliff or be significantly hurt at age 35 he will probably sign more contracts.

    There’s a big difference here though. Samardzija played football in college but also pitched on the baseball team. Tebow hasn’t played organized baseball for more than ten years. He may have had the same options as Samardzija but he chose football instead. Now he wants to try baseball.

  9. Let me get this straight–someone who is a sideshow says he doesn’t want to be a sideshow so any team interested in him should ‘fast-track’ him to the majors. This is the same sideshow freak who still insists he can play QB in the NFL, contrary to what the NFL thinks. This guy is so delusional it’s incredible. If he were interested in playing MLB he should have played baseball in college. Now that the QB thing hasn’t worked out (and he didn’t WANT to change positions and he didn’t WANT to go to the CFL and he didn’t WANT to go to the Arena league) he WANTS some team to give him a spot on their 25-man roster. The ego on this guy is incredible.

  10. It is a hard, long road to reach the heights of Major League Baseball. No team is going to give him a major league contract (40 man roster). Those spots are so coveted. Even Russell Wilson couldn’t crack a 40 man spot.

    To compare, right now each NFL team has 90 jobs during the preseason (2,880) and he can’t even land one of them. Each MLB team has 40 “major league” roster positions (with only 25 on the major league roster) which is 1,200 jobs. And he wants one of them?

    Based on a couple of hyped workouts? The fact that he’s even rumored to be getting a private workout rather than going to an open tryout is ridiculous. It’s a slap in the face to every minor leaguer who has grinded as hard as they can to rise through the ranks. And if you think that College Football players aren’t fairly compensated, check into the crap that minor leaguers have to deal with, particularly the guys who aren’t “bonus babies” as high draft picks.

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