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Tim Tebow: Future Baseball Star?

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Former football star Tim Tebow held workouts for Major League baseball teams on Tuesday with mixed results


2007 Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in major league baseball. Tebow who most notably became famous for his praying habits before and after football games, held workouts for 28 major league scouts on Tuesday.

Tebow was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos but never really caught on in the national football league. He saw limited starting time over two seasons with the Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets. He was cut by the Jets in 2013 but was signed by the New England Patriots. New England also cut Tebow who would then take two years off from the sport. In a comeback attempt, Tebow signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles but would be cut before the season.

After a fairly unsuccessful NFL career, Tebow decided to set his sights on professional baseball. In front of 28 major league scouts on Tuesday, Tebow showed some signs of MLB potential. He hit some towering home runs during his batting practice “warm-up.” Tebow’s weaknesses were exposed when he faced live pitching from the likes of former major leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith. They repeatedly fooled Tebow with off-speed pitches out of the strike zone.

Tebow had this to say about his work-out:


“There is 100 percent nerves, no question about it. When you’re at the combine or a pro day, you have your body of work for four years, everything that you did, so it’s not just that one day. Here, you might have seen me when I was 17, but you haven’t seen me since. A lot goes into it, so you’d better show something. A lot of nerves, a lot of pressure, for sure.”  


The former Heisman winner worked out in the outfield shagging fly balls. He showcased a below-average arm according to at least one scout. On a scale of 20-80, one scout ranked Tebow’s arm at a 40.

After the workout, a couple of teams talked with Tebow but the details of those talks are yet to be known. One thing is certain though; Tebow has a lot of work to do if he hopes to have a career in major league baseball. He is already 29 years old and may be running out of time to prove himself in a new sport.

It is important to remember that Tebow has played baseball before. He played baseball up through his junior year in high-school. That was 11 years ago, but sometimes true talent sticks with you through the years.

David Aardsma had this to say about Tebow’s work-out on Tuesday:


“Today was the worst I’ve seen him. It looked like he was trying really hard, over swinging a bit…” 


Tebow’s road to the big leagues started in May when he started working out with former MLB catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller runs a baseball school in Arizona where Tebow has been putting in many hours getting ready for Tuesdays workout. Over the last three months, Moeller estimates that him and Tebow have spent 80 hours working on baseball skills that are vital for big league players to have.

Moeller has this to say about what to expect from Tebow:


“From what I’ve seen and have continued to see, people will be surprised. They’ll be more than surprised.”


Many scouts believe that Tebow showed enough skill to earn at least a minor league contract with a big league team. That contract could be Tebow’s gateway to the big leagues at some point in the future.