Former collegiate star and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow says he plans on returning to the New York Mets organization. With the minor league season scrapped this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, minor leaguers pondered their baseball careers.
Now 33-years-old, Tebow plans to continue pursuing his Major League Baseball career, according to TMZ Sports. Mets President Sandy Alderson confirms that Tebow will be returning to the team for the 2021 season. She says after speaking with the former NFL quarterback, an agreement was reached that will allow him to resume with the team.
“He is eager to come back,” Alderson told the New York Post. “And I told Tim, ‘Look, why would you want to end your quest based on a COVID-related reason? You didn’t get a chance to perform this year.’ He was hurt a little bit the previous year. So I think Tim is committed to coming back. And I think we’re committed to giving him an opportunity to do that and we’ll see where it goes.”
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The Mets President says she and Tebow agree that his time in baseball should not come to an abrupt end because of a pandemic.
“This is not a quest without end,” Alderson says. “At some point, it will culminate. But I think that will be at a time when Tim and the organization come to some agreement about where he is and what his potential is. But I didn’t want him to go out based on some COVID-related interruption.”
After three seasons in the National Football League that didn’t go as planned, Tebow decided to give baseball a go.
Despite his athletic background, Tebow has yet to find much success in Major League Baseball. Through three major league seasons, his batting average is a paltry .223. He advanced to the Mets Triple-A team in 2019 but struggled mightily with a .163 batting average in 264 attempts.