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Tim Tebow in the Minors

Tim Tebow made the unlikely transition from NFL quarterback to professional baseball in 2016 when he signed a Minor League contract with the Mets. New York handed the former Heisman Trophy winner a $100,000 signing bonus and sent him off on a journey that spanned parts of six years, four Minor League teams and several invitations to Major League Spring Training camp. While Tebow didn't reach the Majors, he certainly drew attention, fans and excitement in his time with the Mets.

Most fans likely remember Tebow from his time in college with the Florida Gators -- known for his running ability, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy as the top player in college football in 2007 and was a Heisman finalist in 2008 and '09. He was named SEC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and was selected by Sports Illustrated as the magazine's College Football Player of the Decade before the Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at No. 25. Tebow spent two seasons in Denver (2010-11) and another with the New York Jets (2012) in the NFL before sliding into a role as an analyst with ESPN on the SEC Network.

Then came baseball. Tebow, who by 2016 had become a New York Times best-selling author and a frequent face on ESPN, got his first taste of baseball in the Arizona Fall League, where he suited up for the first time since high school. He started his Minor League career with the Class A Columbia Fireflies and homered twice in his first three games, including in his first career at-bat on April 6, 2017. The quarterback-turned-outfielder was selected as an Eastern League All-Star in 2018 with Double-A Binghamton after he was a non-roster invitee to Major League camp with the Mets that spring. Tebow was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse in 2019 and appeared in 77 games, hitting .163, until he cut his hand fielding a ball on July 21. That injury ultimately ended his season and, with Covid-19 wiping out the Minor Leagues in 2020, it would turn out to be the final game of his career. The 33-year-old Tebow announced his retirement on Feb. 17, 2021 despite receiving an invitation to big league camp five days earlier.

"I loved every minute of the journey," Tebow said. "But at this time, I feel called in other directions."

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Tim Tebow's Minor League career stats

YEAR  TEAM LG LEVEL G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2017 Columbia SAL A (Full) 64 214 29 47 72 14 1 3 23 24 69 0 1 .220 .311 .336 .648
2017 St. Lucie FSL A (Adv) 62 216 21 50 77 10 1 5 29 19 57 2 1 .231 .307 .356 .664
2017 2 teams - Minors 126 430 50 97 149 24 2 8 52 43 126 2 2 .226 .309 .347 .656
2018 Binghamton EAS AA 84 271 32 74 108 14 1 6 36 22 103 1 0 .273 .336 .399 .734
2019 Syracuse INT AAA 77 239 25 39 61 10 0 4 19 20 98 2 2 .163 .240 .255 .495
Career 4 teams Minors 287 940 107 210 318 48 3 18 107 85 327 5 4 .223 .299 .338 .638

Year-by-year career summary


Tebow's MiLB teams