Tim Tebow was supposed to be a minor league sideshow. Fans would flock to see the former Denver Broncos and Florida Gators quarterback, but it was understood that they shouldn’t expect much.
He wasn’t spectacular by any stretch, but held his own on a baseball field perhaps more so than people expected. After hitting a home run in his first minor league at-bat, Tebow finished his first season with a .226 average, 8 home runs and 52 RBI. It seems decent, but given his 486 plate appearances with 126 strikeouts, it adds up to 25 percent of his at-bats ending with strike three.
The Heisman Trophy winner will have a tough road ahead as he continues to balance his duties as an SEC Network analyst and training for his next baseball season, wherever it may be. Tebow has made it clear he’s all in to continue his baseball career.
“It’s still something we’re figuring out, but for me, it’ll be a lot of training,” he said. “For me, it’ll be about working on training and building the muscle memory where I can do it for two, five, seven days and continue to build a couple of weeks at a time.”
At 30 years old, Tebow is running out of time in his prime. He’ll have to work at a quicker pace than most minor leaguers if he’s still interested in trying to find an at-bat in the majors. One advantage is a year of experience under his belt.
“I think it will be easier from that standpoint, mentally, knowing what to expect,” he said. “As far as baseball goes, I think it will be a huge year for me.”