By JAKE SEINER, AP Baseball Author
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 yr of highschool and reached Triple-A, inspired by then normal supervisor and present crew president Sandy Alderson.
Tebow performed 77 video games at baseball’s highest minor league stage 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 possibility to be part of such an excellent group,” Tebow mentioned in an announcement launched by New York on Wednesday. “I beloved each minute of the journey, however right now I really feel referred to as in different instructions.
“I by no means need to be partially in on something. I all the time need to be 100% in on no matter I select. Thanks once more for everybody’s assist of this superior journey in baseball, I’ll all the time cherish my time.”
A lefty-hitting outfielder, the 33-year-old was invited the foremost league spring coaching this season, taking one in every 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.
“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our group as he’s been a consummate skilled throughout his 4 years with the Mets,” Alderson mentioned. “By reaching the Triple-A stage 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 tutorial 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 of Tebow’s Arizona Fall League debut.
The previous NFL quarterback was an All-Star at Double-A in 2018, when he batted .273 with six homers in 84 video games. He struggled the following yr at Triple-A and had his season lower quick by a laceration on his left hand.
A transcendent quarterback on the College of Florida for his skills and outspoken Christian religion, Tebow appeared in 35 NFL video games between 2010-12, profitable a playoff sport with Denver throughout the 2011 season. He was launched by the Philadelphia Eagles throughout the preseason in 2015, the final time he appeared on an NFL roster.
He was employed by ESPN as a university soccer analyst in 2013 and labored in broadcasting all through his time pursuing an opportunity to play main league baseball.
“That will clearly be one thing that may be particular, and I feel one other a part of the dream,” Tebow mentioned final spring. “A part of it’s simply taking part in daily and having fun with it and competing, which I like. Clearly, that may be superior. It could be a lie if I mentioned that wouldn’t be tremendous cool. … However I wouldn’t say it will be a hit or failure if that did or didn’t occur.”
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