Tim Tebow retires from baseball

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Tim Tebow has now retired from two different professional sports.

The 2010 first-round pick of the Broncos has announced that his second career in baseball is over.

“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he’s been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said. “By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments.”

Tebow batted .163 at the Triple-A level. He’d been invited to the spring training with the Mets.

“I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” Tebow said. “I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions. I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 percent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met.”

With Tebow’s former head coach at Florida now coaching the Jaguars, maybe Tebow’s next step will include working with (but not playing for) Urban Meyer. After last week’s Chris Doyle debacle, finding a job for someone with Tebow’s character and reputation could be the perfect palate cleanser.

66 responses to “Tim Tebow retires from baseball

  1. Tebow’s batting average in the Triple A is lower than the lowest batting average of any MLB player with an appreciable number of at-bats ever, and that player last played 110 years ago. That’s an almost impressive level of ineptitude

  2. Say what you want about Tebow’s NCAA, NFL, and/or MLB career, but he seems like a genuinely good human being and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

  3. Imagine if Tebow came back to the NFL as a Taysom Hill type of player, but more of an H-Back, FB, RB in short yard situations. He is 33, but body didn’t take to bad of a pounding, big guy, and was successful with Meyer before.

  4. He had a pretty good 2nd half of a year in AA. Nothing head turning but better than I ever thought he could do. He did the grind which is hard when you have millions in the bank and a TV gig to go to. At least he tried.

  5. BuckyBadger says:
    February 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm
    He had a pretty good 2nd half of a year in AA. Nothing head turning but better than I ever thought he could do. He did the grind which is hard when you have millions in the bank and a TV gig to go to. At least he tried.
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    And took a spot away from a young player. Just like Jordan. Rich guy living out his fantasy.

  6. The man lived not one, but two dreams many of us had and never realized … and he did it in the right way. Tebow did it by being a great teammate, by being great in the communities and just being a good human being. Seems that people like Tim are becoming the few and far between … rather than the norm. I salute his accomplishments and wish him the best going forward.

  7. Tebow reached his peak as an athlete in college. No shame in that, he was just not meant to be a successful professional athlete. Being a nice guy is not enough if you can’t really play well enough. It is time to move on.

  8. Tebow was one of the greatest college players ever, and a very successful NFL QB for the time period that he was given the opportunity. Most young QB’s are given a few years to develop, like Josh Allen, and Patrick Mahomes didn’t even get on the field his rookie year. It’s not a position that gets mastered overnight. Other than HOFer Peyton Manning, Denver has started a lot of different QB’s since Tebow, and none of them were as successful as Tim. We’ve seen other QB’s get black-balled for reasons that had nothing to do with football. I know Tebow had a huge following, but I guess it was just too big of a distraction, not only for Denver, but the other teams too.

  9. Respect the effort but let’s be honest, anyone else with his talent level doesn’t get past AA. His name has done him many favors.

  10. I heard a professional athlete say one time:
    “If you leave the game having made enough money to never have to work again, you retired.
    Otherwise, you quit”

  11. “… finding a job for someone with Tebow’s character and reputation could be the perfect palate cleanser.”

    A great acknowledgement. Thank you for that!

  12. To everyone saying he didn’t deserve a shot in AAA, the dude slashed .273/.336/.399 in AA the year prior to that. Not fantastic, but let’s not pretend he was some scrub.

  13. Retire seems like a stretch. Just home for the night and just don’t show back up. Nice gold watch.

  14. A great college football player and athlete, but professional sports were above his ability. He will continue to have a great career in the media.

  15. He knew he didn’t belong in AAA much less the big leagues. I respect that he got out without looking like a fool in spring training. I think he could be a good coach. I wish him well.

  16. He took up a spot a legitimate major league prospect could of used.

    There was no way he was going to make it, and he hadn’t earned the opportunity.

    It was a mockery of professional baseball. It’s one thing to allow it for Michael Jordan, but Tim Tebow??

  17. How many people can say they threw a TD pass in the pros and hit a HR in AAA? He was also one of the best college players ever. Never ever has said anything awful, and the hype from the media was not because of anything he did, yet everyone hates him.

  18. It’s okay Tebow, Michael Jordan failed at baseball too. The weirdest part of Tebow’s football story was how he ruined his own NFL career by refusing to switch positions. Multiple NFL coaches said if he would switch to RB or TE, they would make sure he’s on the field. How many players get NFL coaches openly promising playing time to the media? Tebow insisted he was a QB, fell out of the league, and has nobody to blame but himself. I think he would’ve become an elite running back with his speed and stout frame. Oh Well.

  19. Also, you guys hate on him for taking a roster spot. He brought in more gate than anyone on any of those players who he took a spot from. The fans wanted to see Tebow, not joe snow. That money helped those teams, gave fans more entertainment, sold jerseys, and maybe impacted some above average, high work ethic youth. He had a place even if it wasn’t a mlb spot. I would sign him. Brother needs a new pair of shoes.

  20. Met him one time. Really nice guy. I don’t understand though how people can be genuinely happy. I’ve never understood that, and I’m over 60 years old.

  21. I’ve got nothing against Tebow. Had he switched positions he might still be in the NFL (might), but he did what he wanted to do.

    Frankly, I just found it annoying that there were so many conspiracy theorists who thought the NFL was somehow persecuting him because he’s a Christian. There are lots and lots of openly devout Christian players and coaches in the NFL. It is not held against anyone.

    Tebow just didn’t have the talent.

  22. Tim is so famous, the media still hypes him endlessly. SMH. Great college player, though. Two Heismans, I think.

  23. Tebow could have had a Taysom Hill like career in the NFL but didn’t want to play te, real shame. But he still has more playoff wins than Matthew Stafford.

  24. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:
    February 17, 2021 at 8:19 pm
    Tebow’s batting average in the Triple A is lower than the lowest batting average of any MLB player with an appreciable number of at-bats ever, and that player last played 110 years ago. That’s an almost impressive level of ineptitude

    Wrong !! Steven Drew hit .162 in 2011 with 300 Plate appearances and Adam Dunn hit .159 also in 2011. There are more buy why bother. I never understood why there was so much hate for Tewbow. He gave it a shot and it never worked out. Enjoy the next chapter in your life Tim.

  25. Props to the Mets for not calling up Tebow to the majors as a publicity stunt to sell tickets/ jerseys ala Eddie Gaedel

  26. What if, Urban Meyer decides he can use Tim Tebow in a Taysom Hill style offense in Jacksonville as a jack of all trades?

  27. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    February 18, 2021 at 12:45 am
    To everyone saying he didn’t deserve a shot in AAA, the dude slashed .273/.336/.399 in AA the year prior to that. Not fantastic, but let’s not pretend he was some scrub.

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    I don’t begrudge the guy taking his shot or the Mets’ willingness to take a chance, but what is the logic here, that he warranted a promotion because he posted the sort of OPS you might hope to see out of a utility middle infielder? Dude was designated a corner outfielder and a DH, soo…

  28. All the Tebow haters need to realize that he actually had legitimately solid numbers playing in AA for Binghamton in 2018 – he made the minor league all star game that year and his numbers actually backed it up. and THIS is why the Mets promoted him to AAA the next year.. i would say that’s pretty damn impressive for someone who didnt play baseball for 10 years before that and that he proved the haters wrong… yet this clearly won’t stop them from showing up in the comments section to bash him without evidence.

  29. People saying “oh, c’mon, he wasn’t blackballed because of being Christian”, you’re right. But his persona mixed with that Christianity created such a star (I think he was voted must popular athlete two years running), no team could reasonably sign him as a backup without the season being a massive clusterF. & back then, teams expected players to fit in their system, not the other way around. Manning won a SB with the Broncos with literal worse numbers than Tebow ever put up, & they still don’t have a QB. The fact is, when John Fox, Mike McCoy, & Adam Gase (gulp) let him throw in the 4th quarter of games, he put up the highest passing rating in the league. He had a 90 passer rating in the playoffs, and a 90 rating his last preseason (Eagles). He lost to the Patriots on the road in his 16th start ever (playoffs), after playing an offseason with no reps with the starters (2011 lockout, demoted to 3rd string with new coaches), and he never started again.

    As Brady keeps proving, winning is about leadership, not throwing picks, and making the clutch play at the end (“Tebow Time”). Stubborn coaches keep grabbing Sam Bradford and Goff & Wentz & weirdly hope that’s enough.

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