Tim Tebow reports to the Arizona Fall League next week.
The promotion of sorts comes after Hurricane Matthew cut short the former football player’s time in the instructional league. He batted .286 and hit a home run on his first pitch as a professional playing with other undeveloped talents. His performance justified the New York Mets sending him to Arizona.
Tebow reports to the Scottsdale Scorpions on Sunday. Two decades ago the team featured a player generating even more hype by giving baseball a try than the Heisman Trophy-winner: Michael Jordan. Tebow plays in his first game with the club next Tuesday. The competition comes as a step up from what he faced in the instructional league.
Tim Tebow will play for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, same team MJ played for pic.twitter.com/TcLAa24nhB
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 4, 2016
“Working in the instructional league has been a lot of fun and productive,” Tebow explained in a statement. “We worked hard and I was able to see a lot of pitches and work on different things. There was great coaching and I tried to improve every day. I plan to use the Fall League as an opportunity to improve. It’s a blessing and a great opportunity.”
The two-time college football national champion seeks to follow in the footsteps of Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan, and others who enjoyed success in the NFL and Major League Baseball. He remains years away from realizing that major-league dream but at 29 he does not possess too many years to develop.