As you’ve all probably heard by now, former Denver Broncos and New York Jets QB Tim Tebow decided to trade in his football for a baseball glove, and he will try his hand at Major League Baseball.
While people believed that it was simply a publicity stunt, Tebow’s agent revealed he had a legitimate interest in playing professional baseball. Tebow last played baseball while a junior in High School.
To prepare for the next step of his Major League Baseball journey, Tebow is planning an open workout on August 30, and a surprising twist is the huge interest among Major League teams.
The Yankees are one of the many teams interested in the 29-year-old, and will be in attendance at his try out. Tebow hopes to land himself a pro-deal with a Major League team and it’s revealed he plans to try out as an outfielder.
Over the last few months, Tebow had been working with former Yankee Chad Moeller at Moeller’s facility in Arizona. However, many are skeptical about Tebow actually making it to the Majors after an 11-year drought. Despite the criticism, Moeller believes Tebow has the ability to perform at a Major League level.
“He’s obviously a physical player,” Moeller told the New York Daily News earlier this month. “He’s going to be a power hitter. The thing I think gives him the best chance to succeed is that he can drive the ball the other way very well and hits it very hard. He has good discipline at the plate.”
In order to get an in-depth look at Tebow, Moeller sent tape of Tebow hitting in the cage to ex-Yankee and current New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.
“His swing is very simple,” Long said to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News earlier this month. “Not a whole lot of head or body movement. Chad and Tim did a nice job of simplifying and putting his swing together. It’s short and explosive.”
While it would be impressive to see Tebow in baseball at some capacity, there have been football players who tried and ultimately failed at the sport. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was in the Colorado Rockies system for two years before moving onto football, and had some advice for Tebow as he prepares for his Major League journey.
“Hope he can hit a curveball.”