The New York Mets today announced that outfielder Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball. Tebow spent five years in the Mets farm system after being shunned by the NFL.
“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 President Sandy Alderson. “By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016, and he should be very proud of his accomplishments.”
Tebow, the son of Christian missionaries, is currently an analyst for ESPN’s college football TV coverage. He recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with wife Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the former 2017 Miss Universe winner.
“My prayer is that God will bless him and his wife in this next chapter,” tweeted preacher Franklin Graham. “I’m sure He has great things in store. Thank you, Tim, for your friendship and your consistent witness for Jesus Christ”
Tebow “loved” his baseball experience, but said he’s being called in “other directions.”
In three professional baseball seasons, Tebow batted .223/.299/.338 with 107 runs scored, 48 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 107 RBI and five stolen bases in 287 games.
Tim was an All-Star at Double-A level in 2018, when he hit .273 with six homers in 84 games, and a .273 batting average.
Tebow’s 2019 season was ended by a serious injury, his second consecutive time on the injury list.
In his football career, Tebow appeared in 35 NFL games between 2010 and 2012, and won a playoff game with Denver in the 2011 season.
Tebow hopes to start his new life like he did in baseball, with a home run.