Adam Schefter dropped some news on former Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow this morning:
Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and plans to hold workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2016
Do not adjust your calendars, it is not April 1st. And yes, that is not a fake account. This is real.
For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles to hone his play as a professional batter and outfielder in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since he was in high school in 2005.
Tebow was a good high school player, getting All-State honors and reaching the state semi-finals as a junior. It wasn’t enough to get him drafted at any point of the MLB’s 50 round draft, where teams routinely take fliers on other sport’s stars, such as the Phillies drafting Ricky Williams in the 8th round of the 1995 draft. And Tebow hasn’t played baseball in 11 years, or ever played above the high school level. He turns 29 on Sunday.
enablers agents say the plan is to invite all 30 MLB teams to a workout later in the year, which is another way of saying that, consistent with his NFL career, no MLB teams have actually shown an interest in Tebow.
Should he actually be given a minor league contract, Tebow would be the second former Eagle in recent years to switch to a baseball career. Jarrad Page, who played safety for part of the 2011 season, was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He had one hit in 8 games of A ball before being released and picked up the by the San Francisco Giants, where he hit .182 in 30 games at the A ball level. He also appeared in two AAA games that season, going 0-4.
No word on if Tebow has been training with fellow former Eagle Riley Cooper, who never turned down an opportunity to remind reporters of his college baseball career (where he was actually a legitimate prospect, having been drafted by the Phillies in 2006 and signed by the Rangers in 2009) while he was a football teammate of Tebow.
Tebow reportedly projects himself as an outfielder.