Tim Tebow is resigning from baseball following five years as a small time player with the New York Mets.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy victor got back to baseball in 2016 interestingly since his lesser year of secondary school and arrived at Triple-A, energized by then-head supervisor and current group president Sandy Alderson.
Tebow, who works for ESPN’s SEC Network as a football examiner during the offseason, played 77 games at baseball’s most elevated small time level in 2019, batting .163 with four grand slams. He completes his profession with a .223 normal more than 287 games.
“I want to thank the Mets, Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” Tebow said in a statement released by the Mets on Wednesday. “I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions.
“I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100% in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time.”
A lefty-hitting outfielder, the 33-year-old was welcome to significant alliance spring preparing this season, taking one of New York’s 75 spots after Major League Baseball restricted spring lineup sizes as a Covid precautionary measure. Position players aren’t scheduled to answer to the Mets’ spring complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, until one week from now.
More than four major association spring trainings, Tebow batted .151 of every 34 games, interfacing for his sole homer the previous spring before camps were shut due to the pandemic.
“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization, as he’s been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” Alderson said. “By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments.”
Tebow’s baseball vocation started with a blast – he homered in his first expert at-bat during an instructional alliance game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fall of 2016. Later that fall, he stood out as truly newsworthy by soothing a fan who had a seizure in the first line during Tebow’s Arizona Fall League debut.
The previous NFL quarterback – a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010 – was an All-Star at Double-An of every 2018, when he batted .273 with six homers in 84 games. He battled the following year at Triple-An and had his season cut off by a slash on his left hand