By Joey Neuman: Former Heisman winner and pro football player Tim Tebow has not played professional football in over two years. Recently, he announced that he will be holding a workout for all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams to see if any teams would like to pick him up as a free agent. The workout will be on August 30 in Los Angeles.
Coming out of high school, Tebow was a very high prospect for baseball with many teams looking at him. However, his talents in football took him to play football for the University of Florida. Many people still believe that Tebow will be able to compete at a very high level in the MLB due to his size, speed and strength. Junior Anders Cook said, “Just go watch the video of him hitting. He has the pop that you can’t teach, and also other things you can’t teach are speed and throwing hard.”
On the eve of Tebow’s tryout, he received an offer from a Venezuelan winter league baseball team. This could be the start of many offers he received over the next couple of days.
More than 20 MLB teams were present on the day of Tebow’s tryout and many scouts believe that the hype is real. An anonymous National League scout said, “Better than I expected, to be honest,” he said of the 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound Tebow. “…That’s a big dude, for as fast as he can run. The power was impressive, but I wish he could have translated it maybe a little better (against live pitching).” This seems to be a very good thing for Tebow’s hope in the MLB. However, an American League scout believed that the tryout was a “waste of their time”.
Over the next couple of days and weeks, it seems that we will find out if Tebow’s MLB hope stays with just an offer from a Venezuelan Winter League Team or offers from actual MLB teams.