Tim Tebow is officially a professional baseball player.
Sounds weird, right? Well, it’s true.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Tebow officially signed with the New York Mets as an outfielder. The deal includes a $100,000 signing bonus for Tebow.
According to the AP report, Tebow will report to the Instructional League on Sept. 18 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He will test his baseball skills for three weeks against players fresh out of high school and college.
Once that concludes, the Mets will decide on Tebow’s future. He’ll either be optioned to the Arizona Fall League, a winter league or receive personal training to prepare for Spring Training.
“We don’t have to listen to what everybody else wants us to do with our lives,” Tebow told the AP during a telephone conference call. “We get to do what we want.”
Thus evolves another eye-catching chapter in Tebow’s turbulent sports career.
Tebow was Heisman Trophy winner in 2007 at Florida and played for the Gators’ 2006 and 2008 national championship teams.
He was selected by Denver with the 25th pick in the 2010 draft and he signed a contract with the Broncos for $8.7 million over five years.
He became the Broncos’ starter late in the 2010 season and held the job for much of 2011.
With the arrival of Peyton Manning, he was traded to the Jets. He was a backup for 2012 and worked-out with New England during the 2013 preseason, but was later released before the season started. Last year, he was released by Philadelphia prior the start of the regular season.
During his time away from the field, Tebow has served as an analyst on the SEC Network, which he’ll continue to do during his time in the Instructional League.
Met’s General Manager Sandy Alderson assured the AP that the organization is being realistic about the deal.
“We’re mindful of the fact that at age 29 Tim is starting this endeavor and there is a certain amount of realism that we have to accept,” Alderson said.
If Tebow makes it to The Show, he’ll join an elite group of men who have played both in the NFL and MLB.
Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan are a few of the significant players to have standout MLB and NFL careers in the last 30 years.
“I’m not worried about it, practically speaking,” Alderson said. “Perception is something different.”
“Are you insinuating we need a Hail Mary at this point?”
At this point, yes. Not counting Tebow out or making little out of this, but the reality of Tebow, who hasn’t played organized baseball since high school, reaching The Show is a bit of a stretch to say the least.
Who knows. This might be the start he needed all-along. Or, it’s the greatest marketing strategy by a pro team in some time.