WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tim Tebow has said that he will retire from playing professional baseball after spending four seasons with the New York Mets.
- Tebow said that he was grateful to the entire Mets organization and that it was time to go.
- The 33-year-old athlete came from the NFL and played from 2010 to 2015 before entering baseball in 2016.
Football quarterback-turned baseball outfielder Tim Tebow has announced his retirement after playing in the Major League Baseball with the New York Mets in the last four seasons.
Tebow played 77 games at the pro minor league in 2019, with .163 batting and four home runs. Throughout his entire baseball career, he had an average of .233 in a span of 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,” he concluded.
Tebow got an invitation to join Major League Baseball’s spring training this season as he was poised to secure a spot on New York’s 75-man roster lineup.
During the last four big-league spring practices, Tebow tallied .151 batting in 34 games with one home run before the training camps were suspended 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.”
In 2016, the 33-year-old athlete’s baseball career started like a wildfire after making a home-run during his first at-bat at an instructional game versus the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tebow received the 2007 Heisman trophy and became a first-round draft pack in 2010 by the Denver Broncos. He transferred to other football teams several times before leaving the NFL in 2015.
The former NFL quarterback switched to baseball in 2016 after being urged by the former general manager and now Mets’ organization president Sandy Alderson.