Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract With The Mets
The Mets’ instructional league season will have a bit more buzz than usual this month. When minor leaguers report for extra work in Port St. Lucie, Fla., probably within two weeks, a former Heisman Trophy winner will be among them.
Tim Tebow, who turned 29 last month and last played baseball as a junior in high school, signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Thursday morning.
Tebow, who is listed as an outfielder, hit .448 as a junior at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., in 2005. Then he concentrated on football and soon embarked on a celebrated career at the University of Florida and a less successful stint in the N.F.L. with the Denver Broncos and the Jets.
His turn to baseball attracted 28 of the 30 teams to a workout on Aug. 30 at the University of Southern California. Tebow, who throws and bats left-handed, has more of a football figure at 6 feet 3 inches and 255 pounds and has encountered widespread skepticism from people in and out of the game.
But he needed only one team to believe enough in him to sign him. In the Mets, who wear the same shade of blue and orange as his old college team, he found a taker.