Former football star Tim Tebow hasn’t played baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005. However, he has recently expressed interest in starting a professional baseball career and the Atlanta Braves are interested in signing him.
When you think of Tim Tebow, you probably think of the Florida Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner of 2007, or the Denver Broncos, or the college football analyst on the SEC Network. How about imagining Tebow as a professional baseball player? Specifically, an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves?
According to recent reports, Tebow has attracted the attention of several clubs, including the Atlanta Braves. The Colorado Rockers were among others interested in the 29-year-old former quarterback. Tebow hit one impressive home run during the workout and displayed natural talent and above-average speed.
The Atlanta Braves are no stranger to signing multisport athletes. The Braves signed Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in 1991 and Atlanta Falcons safety Brian Jordan in 1998.
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Tim Tebow and the Atlanta Braves
There’s no doubt the addition of Tim Tebow would serve as a major attraction for the Braves. However, according to Braves general manager John Coppolella, their interest is solely due to his potential.
"“We are interested in Tim because of his potential as a baseball player, not as a gate attraction,” Coppolella said during the Braves’ series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. “We have spoken with his representatives multiple times and all parties involved want this to be a pure baseball thing on every level.”Tebow, 29, worked out for 46 scouts representing 28 teams last week in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance were Braves special assistant Roy Clark and amateur scouting director Brian Bridges.The Braves’ interest in Tebow was first reported by ESPN’s Pedro Gomez and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution."
At age 29, Tebow could have quite the challenge ahead of him in attempting to become a successful professional baseball player. Most players typically debut in their mid-20s. However, if Tebow were to sign a minor league contract, the Atlanta Braves have a great opportunity to profit and simultaneously benefit their affiliates. His presence would boost both the attendance and merchandise sales for that team.
Though publicity may not be the Braves main reason for pursuing him, it’s inevitable that Tebow would serve as a major gate attraction – especially in the heart of SEC country.