It just might work: tim tebow transitioning from football to baseball and possibly becoming a star in the majors by the time he hits his early 30s. Or, as many are expecting, his baseball career may turn out to be as unimpressive as that of Michael Jordan, who tried his hand in the minor leagues after his first NBA retirement. But one thing’s for sure; there is a lot of interest now that Tebow has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

Tebow will make his pro baseball debut in Mets’ instructional league

According to a report from ESPN, the Mets and Tebow came to terms on a deal this Wednesday, and with the contract now official, the 29-year-old former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner will play in the Mets’ instructional league, which will begin September 18 and end October 8.

Prior to his signing, Tebow had staged a workout in front of 46 scouts, representing all but two of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball.

Aside from the New York Mets, another National League team, the Atlanta Braves, also showed interest in Tebow. The ESPN report claims that Braves general manager John Coppolella wanted to take a chance on Tebow, and that the team had “multiple” talks with the athlete’s representatives, in hopes of signing him to a contract. The Colorado Rockies also showed interest in Tebow, though ESPN noted that there were “several” teams who met with the ex-Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback after last week’s workout.

Former MLB players trained with Tebow to get the rust off

Tim Tebow’s instructional league debut will mark the first time he has played organized baseball in over a decade. Prior to this, he had starred for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida, last playing in 2005 before switching his focus to football for his senior year of high school.

Given all the rust that has built up since then, Tebow has been training with some former major leaguers. ESPN said that Tebow and ex-MLB catcher Chad Moeller have been practicingsince Memorial Day of this year, and that for his workout last week at USC’s Dedeaux Field, he had taken swings at the bat against ex-big leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith.

He had also worked on his ability to throw from the outfield, shagged some fly balls, and ran the 60-yard dash as he auditioned for MLB teams in hopes of getting signed.

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