Tim Tebow is finally hanging up the football cleats, only to dust off his baseball spikes. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this week that the former professional quarterback, who has not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2012, is set to attempt a second pro sports career in baseball.
Tebow, who turns 29 this month, has been refining his outfield skills for the past year. He worked with former MLB catcher Chad Moeller, who said in a statement: "I am beyond impressed with Tim's athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic. … I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the major leagues. … It could happen relatively quickly."
Tebow last played organized baseball in 2005 as a high school junior. He hit .494 with four home runs, earning All-State recognition in Florida. He was pursued heavily by scouts and could have been drafted had he not quit baseball to focus on football.
"This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth," says CAA baseball agent Brodie Van Wagenen, who will represent Tebow in his MLB pursuits. "I have seen Tim's workouts, and people inside and outside the industry--scouts, executives, players and fans--will be impressed by his talent."
All 30 MLB teams have been invited to a workout Tebow is hosting at the end of the month.
The Yankees have a roster spot opening up this week, so who knows what could happen.
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