Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN broadcaster Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month, agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Tebow has not played baseball full-time since 2005, but his reps say that he is dead serious about making it as a major leaguer.
“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” said Tebow’s football agent, Sexton, who is now working with CAA baseball agent, Brodie Van Wagenen. “Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”
Tebow, 29 on Sunday, will invite every MLB team to watch him audition at the end of the month. Tebow has been training hard for this session over the last year, pulling double duty while working for ESPN. Schefter hears that those who have seen Tebow hit have been pleasantly surprised to see how well he has picked things up after so much time away. Indeed, former Major League catcher Chad Moeller, who has been training Tebow at his academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, offered up high praise for the ex-QB.
“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,” Moeller said (Facebook link via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports). “I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly.”
Tebow’s last shot at the NFL came last offseason when he hooked on with Chip Kelly‘s Eagles. Tebow was the fourth QB on the depth chart but the team was reportedly giving him a real look since they liked what he could do in short-yardage and two-point plays. The Florida product hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2012, when he was a backup signal-caller with the Jets.
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