Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after 5 years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner returned to baseball in 2016 for the primary time since his junior 12 months of highschool and reached Triple-A, inspired by then-general supervisor and present crew president Sandy Alderson.
Tebow, who works for ESPN’s SEC Community as a soccer analyst throughout the offseason, performed 77 video games at baseball’s highest minor league degree in 2019, batting .163 with 4 house runs. He finishes his profession with a .223 common over 287 video games.
“I need to thank the Mets, Alderson, the followers and all my teammates for the prospect to be part of such an important group,” Tebow stated in a press release launched by the Mets on Wednesday. “I liked each minute of the journey, however right now I really feel known as in different instructions.
“I by no means need to be partially in on something. I at all times need to be 100% in on no matter I select. Thanks once more for everybody’s assist of this superior journey in baseball, I will at all times cherish my time.”
A lefty-hitting outfielder, the 33-year-old was invited to main league spring coaching this season, taking considered one of New York’s 75 spots after Main League Baseball restricted spring roster sizes as a coronavirus precaution. Place gamers aren’t slated to report back to the Mets’ spring advanced in Port St. Lucie, Florida, till subsequent week.
Over 4 large league spring trainings, Tebow batted .151 in 34 video games, connecting for his first and solely homer final spring earlier than camps had been closed due to the pandemic.
“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our group, as he is been a consummate skilled throughout his 4 years with the Mets,” Alderson stated. “By reaching the Triple-A degree in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he needs to be very happy with his accomplishments.”
Tebow’s baseball profession started with a bang — he homered in his first skilled at-bat throughout an educational league sport towards the St. Louis Cardinals within the fall of 2016. Later that fall, he made headlines by comforting a fan who had a seizure within the entrance row throughout Tebow’s Arizona Fall League debut.
The previous NFL quarterback — a first-round draft decide of the Denver Broncos in 2010 — was an All-Star at Double-A in 2018, when he batted .273 with six homers in 84 video games. He struggled the subsequent 12 months at Triple-A and had his season reduce brief by a laceration on his left hand.
Data from The Related Press was used on this report.
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