Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is “actively pursuing” a career as a baseball outfielder and will hold a workout for MLB scouts next month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes. Tebow has been training in Arizona and California as a baseball player for nearly a year, working with former MLB catcher Chad Moeller. His agents, Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan, are now working with CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen (who has worked with MLB players like Yoenis Cespedes, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier and Ryan Zimmerman) as Tebow pursues a career in MLB.
“This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said Van Wagenen in a statement. “I have seen Tim’s workouts, and people inside and outside the industry – scouts, executives, players and fans – will be impressed by his talent.”
Needless to say, getting to the big leagues will be an uphill battle for Tebow, who is now nearly 29 and hadn’t dedicated himself to baseball since he was in high school in 2005. His case perhaps bears similarities to that of Michael Jordan, who left the NBA and began pursuing a baseball career in the White Sox system at the age of 31, only to struggle at Double-A.
Tebow, though, was an MLB draft prospect in high school as a lefty-hitting outfielder, as Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper tweets. Tebow did not play baseball as a high school senior or at the University of Florida, however.
Tebow won the Heisman Trophy at Florida in 2007, then led the Gators to a national championship in the 2008 season. He played three years in the NFL with the Broncos and Jets. ESPN hired him as a football analyst in late 2013.