After playing baseball successfully for 4 years, from September of 2016 to today, former NFL quarterback and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow is officially retiring from professional baseball, the New York Mets announced.
Tebow has been a rather successful baseball athlete who made it all the way into the Mets' AAA team, the Syracuse Mets. Over his career, Tebow played 287 games, hit 18 home runs, had a .290 career batting average, with a .338 average for his time with the AA Syracuse Mets, and 107 RBI (runs batted in). He hit his first at-bat home run playing for the Mets' Single-A team, the Columbia Fireflies.
Tebow said of his retirement, "I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization. I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions. I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 percent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met."
Tebow, known first as a football player, also played baseball while in college and he has previously expressed his love of the game and his high-school-days as reasons for his desires to play pro baseball. In high school, Tebow was considered "an excellent prospect" and batted a .494 average. Twenty-eight out of 30 Major League baseball teams sent scouts to watch him workout despite the media portraying him in a negative light for his choice to go into baseball.
The Mets' President, Sandy Alderson, stated of Tebow, "It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he’s been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets. By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments."
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