Tim Tebow has decided to stop chasing his dream of playing in the MLB. The former NFL quarterback and minors outfielder announced on Wednesday that he is putting an end to his baseball career.
Tebow spent the last four years with the New York Mets, playing in the minors and taking part in the team’s spring training each preseason. The Mets recently extended the invite for 2021 as well, but the 33-year-old athlete opted to take a pass and instead walk away from the game.
The news was confirmed by Tebow on social media. He thanked the Mets organization, fans, and teammates on Twitter while writing that he “loved every minute of the journey” but feels “called in other directions.”
“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,” said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in a statement.
After wrapping up his NFL career, Tim Tebow expressed interest in trying out baseball. He was previously an all-state player while in high school and received interest from MLB teams before deciding to pursue a football career.
Tebow agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets in 2016 and saw action with several of the team’s affiliates, including the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and Syracuse Mets. He batted .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs with the Ponies in 2018 while managing just a .163 batting average, four homers, and 19 RBIs with Syracuse the following year.
Following the end of his baseball career, Tebow will most likely focus on broadcasting. He currently works as ESPN’s college football analyst.