Tim Tebow not giving up on MLB dream

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Even though his minor league career has been less than impressive, Tim Tebow still has MLB aspirations.

After his NFL career reached its end following a preseason gig with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Tim Tebow announced his intent of pursuing an MLB career. After a heavily-publicized workout, the New York Mets gleefully signed him to a deal. Tebow showed glimpses early on, especially in the batters box, but then reality set in in recent years.

Tebow hasn’t taken the field since 2019 due to injury and the coronavirus pandemic, but he told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he still plans to pursue his dream of playing in the majors, despite entering his fourth season at the age of 33.

“I’m already behind the 8-ball in age and time and experience in all of these things, so of course it makes it harder,” Tebow told DiComo. “But I think at the same time, I try to learn from every bit of it. And that’s all that we can do … But it is something that is still in my heart today.”

Baseball still on Tim Tebow’s mind

The Mets signed Tebow back in 2016, and he made an immediate impact in the organization’s instructional league, where he hit a home run on his first ever pitch taken. As expected, everyone lost their collective minds, with many saying he’ll be “the next great two-sport athlete.” Of course, that never came to fruition.

In his first season in Single A, Tebow posted a .223 batting average and .656 OPS, but hacked eight home runs and recorded 52 RBI. The following year, he was called up to Double A, where he slashed .273/.336/.399 while recording six home runs and 36 RBI through 84 games. Tebow missed out on a full campaign due to a broken hand. In 2019, Tebow’s stats really fell off a cliff, as he recorded a .163 batting average and .495 OPS through 77 games, which is all he could play after suffering a cut to his left pinky.

Look, you have to give Tebow credit. His dream is to make it onto an MLB roster, and he’s not giving up on it. While it is admirable, it’s hard to see that happening, especially with the struggles he showcased in their minor league system.

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