Tim Tebow has found himself back in the news cycle as Tebow will make a try at cracking Major League Baseball. Those football dreams appear to have long passed, although he might still be hanging on.
Tebow was a star baseball player in high school in addition to his football exploits. Who knows if he still has it on the diamond?
So will anyone take the chance?
Certainly an independent league team looking to sell some tickets would surely do it — Tracy McGrady was an All-Star pitcher after his basketball career ended in the Texas Independent League. But is Tebow serious?
Right now the Tebow baseball news is not making many waves among MLB circles. It is just a publicity stunt.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter waved off any interest in the story when he was asked about it Thursday:
“Am I intrigued? No, not at all,” Showalter said. “I think about what these guys do in our Dominican academy in Del Marva and in Aberdeen and the Gulf Coast League and Frederick and Bowie and Del Marva, I have already mentioned, and Norfolk, I take very seriously the stuff they have to do to get the opportunities to do what they’re doing. Somebody will sell some tickets in the spring. I should be careful, we may sign him. I bet he was a good player when he was in high school, I was too. And I played quarterback.”
So count Showalter among those that are skeptical that Tebow can get very far within the complex minor league baseball system. It is a long way to the top.
Tebow will trade enough on his name to get paid to be somewhere and get a tryout. But it will not be easy for him to make believers in some of his doubters.