By Nicholas Hession,
Sports Business Writer
Former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback, Tim Tebow, has set his sights on a whole new target. After spending three seasons in the NFL, the former quarterback has decided to pursue a career playing Major League Baseball. Tebow has been working out since Memorial Day and even hosted a showcase in Los Angeles with 28 professional team scouts in attendance. The New York Mets were impressed by his workout, and signed him to a minor-league contract. The deal came on September 8th and includes a $100,000 signing bonus for the former Heisman Trophy winner, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
There are many claims that the signing was a publicity stunt on the Mets’ part, but General Manager Sandy Alderson was quoted saying otherwise in an article for the New York Daily News. Alderson also said that the move was strictly baseball related and had nothing to do with Tebow’s fame. Alderson said there is no set plan for Tebow at the moment in regards to if he will make it to the Mets or stay in the Minor Leagues, but he will participate in instructional league and winter workouts, according to the New York Daily News. He sees the former quarterback as a “classic player development opportunity,” and hopes that he can eventually become a contributor.
Tebow last played baseball during his junior year of high school. Despite being away from the game for over a decade and approaching the age of 30, Tebow still believes he can make the difficult transition to the Major Leagues. He is regarded as being one of the most decorated collegiate quarterbacks of all time, however he struggled to make the same impact in the NFL. There are many who are doubting his ability to succeed in the Majors, however Tebow thinks he is ready for the challenge. “I know this is a tough game, but I’m looking forward to putting in the work and I felt like this was the best fit,” said Tebow. As of September 19th, he will be catching fly balls in the outfield rather than throwing to a receiver in the end zone, something he has not done in a long time.
Freshman Undecided Business major Joseph Mauceri, is not convinced Tebow is worth the hype or the paycheck. “I heard his workout was underwhelming and I find [the offer] hard to believe,” Mauceri said. “He wasn’t good in the NFL and I don’t know why anyone cares.”
The buzz and debate around Tim Tebow looks to continue. Many believed his days as a player were over, however it appears that he has had a change of heart. It will be interesting to see how his MLB journey unfolds.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 13th print edition.
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