Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow has retired from baseball, the team announced.
“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,” team president Sandy Alderson said. “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.”
The 33-year-old Tebow is better known for his time in football than baseball, as the former quarterback starred at the University of Florida from 2006-09, during which he won a Heisman Trophy and helped guide the Gators to a pair of national championships. Tebow moved on to the NFL when the Denver Broncos used the 25th overall pick on him in 2010, and though he led the team to a memorable playoff win in January 2011, he didn’t establish himself as the solution for them under center. Tebow also couldn’t do that in short stints with the New York Jets, New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles during the next few seasons.
Determined to continue as a professional athlete, Tebow signed with the Mets in the fall of 2016. To Tebow’s credit, he reached the Triple-A level with the organization in 2019. However, he struggled to a .163/.240/.255 line with four home runs in 264 plate appearances there. Tebow ultimately put up a .223/.299/.338 line with 18 HRs in 1,048 trips to the plate in the minors.