College football legend Tim Tebow announces retirement from baseball
Former Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion Tim Tebow has retired from professional baseball after a mutli-year stint with the New York Mets organization.
Tebow announced this decision in a Medium article through the Mets on Wednesday evening.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tebow far outpaced the organization’s expectations by reaching AAA in 2019.
“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,” Alderson said in the release. “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.”
Tebow appeared in 287 games for several different Mets minor league affiliates from 2016 to 2019. Like the rest of minor league baseball, he was unable to play in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Over the course of his minor league career, Tebow hit 18 home runs while batting .227. His best season came in 2018 in AA when he hit .273 and posted an on-base percentage of .336.
“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,” Tebow said in a statement. “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.”
It will be interesting to see how Tebow utilizes his spare time this spring and summer.