Published on: 9th August, 2016
by Scott Mandel
NEW YORK — It was reported Tuesday that former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is considering a career in baseball, and at least one former Yankees outfielder thinks he has a good shot.
Would the Mets ever look at Tebow as a legitimate prospect?
“Are you insinuating we need a Hail Mary at this point?” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday. “That’s not something we’ve given a lot of thought to. I’d say it’s probably unlikely, but that’s without any real information on his baseball background. So we’ll keep an open mind.”
Indeed, when pressed, Alderson said he didn’t want to be too flip about the idea of at least scouting Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida.
“Was he born in Cuba? (No.) OK, then our interest is probably not as high as it would be,” Alderson said. “We’ll make a decision on that. I don’t want to be too cavalier about it. Probably not going to have an impact on us in a material way in the next two months.”
Tebow, 29 years old on August 14, has never played baseball professionally but played in high school and hit .495 his senior year. NFL.com reported that Tebow was nearly drafted by the Los Angeles Angels but Tebow never showed any interest.
From the report:
“He had a strong arm and had a lot of power,” said Red Sox Florida scout Stephen Hargett, who worked with Kotchman with the Angels. “He had leverage to his swing. He had some natural loft. He had some good power. He was a good athlete. He had enough arm for that position. He was a left-handed hitter with strength and some size. He stood out.
Tebow played three seasons in the NFL, most notably with the Denver Broncos in 2010 and ’11. In that second year he started 11 games and threw for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdown passes. In 2012 he suited up in 12 games for the Jets (starting two) and threw for 39 yards and rushed for 102.