FLUSHING, N.Y., February 17, 2021 — The New York Mets today announced that outfielder Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball.
“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,” said Team President Sandy Alderson. “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, 33, signed with the Mets on September 8, 2016 and participated in the Mets’ instructional league in Port St. Lucie that fall. He hit a home run in his first at-bat in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 28, 2016. In his first professional season, he split the year between Columbia (A) and St. Lucie (A). He homered in his first professional at-bat while playing for the Columbia Fireflies.
In 2018, Tebow again went deep in his first at-bat of the season, this time as a member of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA). That summer, he was named to the Eastern League All-Star team and represented the East squad as the designated hitter. In 2019, his final professional season, he appeared in 77 games for the Syracuse Mets (AAA) before a laceration on his left hand ended his season.
In three professional seasons, Tebow batted .223/.299/.338 with 107 runs scored, 48 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 107 RBI and five stolen bases in 287 games.
“I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” said Tebow. “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 percent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met. #LGM
After being invited to New York Mets Spring Training earlier this week and spending three seasons in their farm system, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, Timothy Richard Tebow has officially retired from professional baseball at 33 years old.
As one of the most polarizing athletes of all-time, there are few people with neutral stances on Tebow. I happen to be an unabashed Tebow guy; I have his Florida jersey in my closet as we speak. I didn't want to see him play baseball because I still believed he could make in the NFL. I had a Tebow bumper sticker on my Jeep. There will be no Tebow slander on DOL, ever. I still think he played well enough in the 2015 preseason to make an NFL team, but this blog isn't about Tim Tebow the QUARTERBACK, it's about Tim Tebow the Outfielder/2018 AA All Star.
Sure, you could make the same below sea-level low hanging fruit jokes on twitter about how he never made the majors or any of the countless reasons people love to shit on this guy, but I unbiasedly think you have to tip your cap at a valiant effort by Tim. This dude didn't have a competitive at bat since high school and went on to hit 18 minor league home runs and hit above the Mendoza Line for his minor league career. That's pretty impressive if you ask me.
In what many people called a publicity stunt, Tebow was able to make his way to AAA in 2019 before an injury and the 2020 minor league shut down ended any bleak chances he may've had at making the big leagues.
Now if you want to complain that he took a job from a "more deserving" minor leaguer, be my guest. Obviously his status and celebrity helped him get looked at my clubs when he announced he was focusing on baseball. He must be the first person in the history of man to get preferential treatment, what a selfish ass hole! But seriously, it's not like the dude hit .043 over five seasons. He contributed at times. If you're really upset about minor leaguers you should be writing letters and fundraising for the 43 minor league teams that lost their affiliations because of MLB greed.
He might've never made the majors, but I think Tim Tebow more than exceeded expectations in baseball. Let's not forget the dude homered in his first minor league AB. I wish him nothing, but the best. He's probably going to have a dozen kids with Mrs. Universe now. Not a bad life for a guy who won an NFL playoff game then never got another chance to start again.
What a stud.