Eric Decker’s not sure Tim Tebow can play, but knows someone will let him

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Very few people think Tim Tebow can actually play baseball, despite the best efforts of Team Tebow to convince us he might.

But one thing’s for sure — his ability to generate attention practically guarantees someone will let him try.

That’s what his former Broncos teammate Eric Decker thinks, having seen first-hand the fascination with the erstwhile quarterback/television personality/future politician.

“Well, of course, he’s gonna do it,” Decker said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “Someone is going to sign him, I guarantee you that, because it’s Tim Tebow and [the fans] will be coming to a baseball game with a football jersey on, selling tickets. I want to see what kind of player he is. I haven’t seen him play baseball, but he’s an athlete and works tremendously hard, so obviously he’s going to put everything he has into it. We’ll see.”

Decker seemed less certain of Tebow’s chances for success.

“I’ll just say if you haven’t played baseball for 10 years or however many years it’s been, I don’t know what the chances are. But if I was a Double-A or Single-A team, I’m signing him to get the ticket sales up,” Decker said. “I’m sure he’ll have success in that field. But as far as the skill aspect, I think hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things, so it’ll be interesting to see his progress.”

Creating interest seems to have been the motivation for a few of the transactions involving the former Heisman Trophy winner since he left Denver. Now we’ll just have to see who the panderer is who gives him the opportunity.

51 responses to “Eric Decker’s not sure Tim Tebow can play, but knows someone will let him

  1. Decker Knows. I remember watching him play Baseball for The Gophers in March 2008 at the Metrodome. Decker had a plus arm, speed and hit above .400 while he was a two sport athlete for Minnesota.

  2. Or we could all lol on the interwebs like little girls.

    Give dude a chance, let him start in the minors, and explain why our press is so hyper-vigilante in opposing Tebow?

  3. He can’t throw the ball accurately. Isn’t that a requirement? Otherwise he’s competing with hundreds of future hall of famers for DH spots in the AL.

  4. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Aug 10, 2016 10:11 AM
    Tebow has a playoff win, something Fitzpatrick will never have.

    —————–

    You could add a lot of QBs to that list…..starting with the perennial choker in Cincinnati

  5. The hardest athletic thing to do on earth is to successfully hit a baseball thrown by a top MLB pitcher.

    If Tebow has the eye – hand coordination to hit a 100 mph fastball, a 85 mph changeup, a 95 mph splitter, a 95 mph slider, and a 90 mph curveball for a base hit every 27 times out of 100 tries, he will find a career in the Bigs until he is near 40 years old.

    As for fielding, base running, the unwritten rules, and everything else in baseball, those will come around as long as you can get a hit at least 27 times out of 100 at bats.

  6. I disagree. I believe Tebow was blacklisted, but I don’t know why. Someone can sign Greg Hardy but it’s too much of a handle to sign an outspoken Christian who does a lot of charity work?

    With all the morons in the league holding clipboards, I still can’t believe Tebow isn’t better than MOST of ’em.

    Baseball is like the hardest of the major sports in which to break in. Guys are pro players forever that never even get to sniff a major league park.

    Hence the line from Pops on “Major League: Back to the Minors.” “I circled the show. Couldn’t land.”

  7. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Aug 10, 2016 10:11 AM

    Tebow has a playoff win, something Fitzpatrick will
    never have.

    _________________

    Fitzpatrick has an NFL gig something Tebow will NEVER have!

    ]

  8. He’s bitten off a big challenge here, and it seems like a long shot. I hope he makes it, but have low expectations.

    I still can’t believe there’s no place for him as a QB in the NFL. There are a lot of guys who play well for three quarters, but then choke under pressure. Those guys always find jobs. Tim’s the exact opposite. Pair him up with Sanchez and make Tebow the reliever – he’s a proven 4th quarter phenom in close games.

  9. “Well, of course, he’s gonna do it,” Decker said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “Someone is going to sign him, I guarantee you that, because it’s Tim Tebow and [the fans] will be coming to a baseball game with a football jersey on, selling tickets.
    ==================================

    So, even his own old teammate is saying that Tebow is nothing more than a sideshow gimmick at this point of his career. “Hey, come see a guy who hasn’t played baseball since he was a teenager, but it’s TIM TEBOW!”

    He should just do his true calling as a speaker on the Conservative and evangelical talk show circuit. Palin did it and made millions.

  10. Tebow sure has you mesmerized. This is like five articles on a guy that hasn’t played football in years.

  11. Tebow would have won a SuperBowl with Denver. They won the SuperBowl in spite of Manning not because of him. He would have backed up Manning as well as Ozweiller and would have actually provided more offense merely running the ball than Manning did in the actual SuperBowl. Now on to MLB, if baseball had a real drug cheat policy about 5% of the roster space of the league would automatically open up for Tebow to have a spot. Don’t tell me MLB players are so great when their union won’t allow a real drug program that voids contracts of cheaters.

  12. “Fitzpatrick has an NFL gig something Tebow will NEVER have!”

    NEVER means not even once. He’s already had an NFL gig so, since he’s already played in the league, English comprehension, get some.

  13. I enjoyed reading his comments because they were honest and insightful without demeaning the subject of conversation. And yes, listening to someone who has excelled in both sports made it worth a read.

  14. arealisticpackerfan says:
    Aug 10, 2016 10:28 AM

    Step 1: Complain about Tim Tebow getting a bunch of attention
    Step 2: Write endless articles about Tim Tebow for site visits

    Tim Tebow owns the media.
    ______

    Sounds a lot like Trump, except Tebow has a soul.

  15. As I said in a post yesterday…I played pro baseball in 78,79,80 at rookie league, A and AA levels and have little hope for Tebow to succeed. In fact, his chances to play on a minor league team affiliated with a MLB club is slim, as the owner of a MLB affiliate minor league team just can’t sign anyone they want.

    Its a process as you’re actually signing a major league baseball contract but assigned to one of their minor league affiliates. The big club actually pays the players of minor league teams and most of them probably don’t want a circus side show….unless an A league owner has a tremendous amount of leverage with the big club in one respect or another and demands to sign Tebow.

    Most likely he’ll get signed by an Independent League team, not affiliated with MLB.

  16. granadafan says:
    Aug 10, 2016 11:31 AM
    “Well, of course, he’s gonna do it,” Decker said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “Someone is going to sign him, I guarantee you that, because it’s Tim Tebow and [the fans] will be coming to a baseball game with a football jersey on, selling tickets.
    ==================================

    So, even his own old teammate is saying that Tebow is nothing more than a sideshow gimmick at this point of his career. “Hey, come see a guy who hasn’t played baseball since he was a teenager, but it’s TIM TEBOW!”

    He should just do his true calling as a speaker on the Conservative and evangelical talk show circuit. Palin did it and made millions.
    ——————————————————————
    Until now, Tebow has seemed to have a commitment to speaking with logic and commonsense which would limit his success no the talk show circuit. On the other hand, switching sports instead of positions seems to fly in the face of logic.

  17. So all we learned is that Decker can repeat what all the talking heads on TV and radio are saying and added nothing new to the conversation. He’d certainly fit in to this comment section 🙂

  18. natureboy123 says:
    Aug 10, 2016 10:51 AM
    I disagree. I believe Tebow was blacklisted, but I don’t know why. Someone can sign Greg Hardy but it’s too much of a handle to sign an outspoken Christian who does a lot of charity work?

    With all the morons in the league holding clipboards, I still can’t believe Tebow isn’t better than MOST of ’em.
    _____
    His Christianity isn’t the issue. You want a good Christian who does great charity work? Hire him for your team’s PR department.

    He’s had chances with Denver, the Jets, New England and Philadelphia. He is simply not good enough to succeed on the pro level. That’s not a personal attack on the man. It’s just a statement based on past performance.

  19. The media continues to find ways to milk the Tebow cow for all it is worth, and people still can’t get enough. They love players that reinforce their preconceptions, even if they can’t play.

  20. Decker was a pretty good outfielder for the U of M baseball team. Maybe he should try instead. . . .

  21. You can always count on “hater” articles.

    Like most articles, complimentary titles are really back-door insults:
    -he can’t play baseball either
    -there is only interest because his Christian fans

    Here is a question…who is behind all the interest in doing everything possible to discredit Tebow, somebody that likely never even play in the NFL again?

  22. I see him refusing to play in the minors, major league or nothing. Shouldn’t take long for it to end.

  23. Tebow has a winning record in the NFL. More TDs than INTs. Playoff win. He isn’t playing because he is a threat to coaches because he can play and win in an improvised fashion. Tebow is to football what Elvis was to music. He does it like a brother and the system don’t like that because the system is not invested in that.

  24. I am one of the very few people on earth who doesn’t have an opinion about Tebow one way or another.

    I really do not believe that it has anything at all do with his religion. There have been plenty of religious players before him and many more will follow. I think what makes people hesitate is that they don’t want the circus that follows him. And please lets look at this honestly and he was given what 4 chances with teams? if he was that great of a QB the other 28 teams would be sniffing around.

    As for baseball. Chasing the MLB dream is tough to begin with much less starting from the beginning at 29.

  25. “He isn’t playing because he is a threat to coaches because he can play and win in an improvised fashion.”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    That’s some funny stuff right there.

  26. Proof that a little knowledge is dangerous…

    whiteknightblackheart says:
    Aug 10, 2016 11:57 AM

    Can’t play tight end but thinks he can hit a major league curveball. Pride is a sin Timmy boy.

    __________________

    He helps those who helps themselves, this has nothing to do about pride. Perhaps whiteknight is saying, take my word for it, Tebow has no baseball talent so let me decide for you. Oops…Who is sinning about pride? Pride is a self-righteous overestimate of your worth relative to others.

  27. Tim Tebow is not an effective NFL QB. He would constantly want to run first and then pass second and his reads of the defense is horrible. He’s a borderline glory hog on the field as well.

    If he can make it in the MLB then more power to him, but for the NLF, that ship has sailed for him.

  28. natureboy123 says:
    Aug 10, 2016 10:51 AM
    I disagree. I believe Tebow was blacklisted, but I don’t know why. Someone can sign Greg Hardy but it’s too much of a handle to sign an outspoken Christian who does a lot of charity work?

    ——————————————

    Greg Hardy, for every bad thing he is has NFL talent as a pass rusher. Tim Tebow for all the good things he is, couldn’t be an Arena league QB never mind the NFL.

    Seems if they were blacklisting christians Derek Carr would be gone, but he has this magical thing called NFL talent.

  29. If Tebow is so tight with God, then why is he not in the NFL?

    As far as MLB goes, if Tebow can’t hit the breaking ball then no amount of cloud chants will get him past AA ball.

  30. Let e just say this. Because I am not a fan of Tim Tebow. I think John Elway gave him very shabby treatment and a rotten deal in Denver. And unfairly set Tebow’s NFL career in a tailspin from which it never recovered. Tebow had demonstrated enough in Denver to prove he could win games and playoffs at that level. What he most needed was someone to watch and learn from, like Peyton Manning. Along with an offensive scheme like Kubiak’s. But Elway bailed on him way too early. Just think how much farther ahead Denver would be right now with a Tebow who understudied Manning, over what Denver has. He never would have been a Peyton type QB. But Peyton would have made him a better QB, along with the improve skills he already possessed. I wish him well on his Baseball quest. Even though that road will be extremely difficult for him.

  31. Tebow doesn’t fit TODAY’s version of NFL football. Put him in a power I, wishbone, or winged T formation, and require him to pass 15 times or less per game, and he would be successful, IMHO.
    Dallas, with their upper echelon O-Line would be where he would fit in immediately. You just drafted a RB at 4, right? Too bad Witten isn’t 8 years younger. You could completely neglect drafting offense for a few years and draft all defense, and be contenders for those years. Just pound the ball and overpower these lighter, speed, non-tackling cover guys. Build your defense to stop anyone. JJ should swallow his ego and sign TT as a b/u, then be willing to go to this if Romo gets hurt again.

  32. whiteknightblackheart says:
    Aug 10, 2016 11:57 AM
    Can’t play tight end but thinks he can hit a major league curveball. Pride is a sin Timmy boy.
    _____________

    Me thinks you are confusing confidence with “pride”. Perhaps intentionally in order to bash Tebow and religion in general.

    Btw, I love how the media uses Tebow for hits while ripping the guy to shreds with backhanded insults. I imagine if Michael Sam were trying his hand at baseball, the tone of this (and other) articles would be completely different. Sam would be praised and there would be no mention of his delusional fan base (which did/does exist).

    Why is this? Seriously, ask yourself and think about it.

  33. Tebow’s God is an awesome God…
    Tebow is a great athlete and a winner but he short-hops too many throws. Maybe he can hit a filthy 12-6, but I doubt it.

  34. He really should have tried to be a tight-end before quitting football. He could have been a Gronk style force in that position. Just because he’s a bad NFL QB doesn’t mean there’s no place for him in the game.

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