Prior to moving to New Jersey, the New York Jets used to share their playing field at Shea Stadium with the New York Mets, but during that time, the two teams did not share any of their players.
Tim Tebow could be the player who will change all that. A report from ESPN says that Tebow, who played one season as the Jets punt protector as well as backup quarterback has signed a contract with the New York Mets to start in their minor league system.
Tebow had a recent workout session for all interested teams in his quest of switching from playing on the gridiron to playing on a diamond.
Reviews released following his workout said Tebow was raw as a baseball player, but he exhibited power as a hitter and it appears the Mets were willing to attempt to harness his talent into something that could help the bid of Tebow to play again in professional sports.
This plan of developing the power as well as the rest of his game will begin this winter in an instructional league prior to Tebow going to spring training and then next season in the minor leagues.
The Mets on Thursday announced that Tebow would begin at Port St. Lucie, Florida in the Instructional League.
The Instructional League is September and October. John Coppolella the general manager of the Atlanta Braves confirmed early in the week that the Braves were interested in signing Tebow and had held a number of conversations with representatives of Tebow in a move towards signing the athlete to a pro contract.
Tebow, who is 29, has not played any organized baseball at any level since high school in Florida over 11 years ago. However, he has worked with Chad Moeller a former catcher in the big leagues since late May.
Tebow’s agent for baseball, Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters a number of pro teams remained to meet with Tebow following his workout a week ago. Another team besides the Mets and Braves interested in signing Tebow was reportedly the Colorado Rockies.
Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner in 2007 while playing for the Florida Gators. He won two national championships as the quarterback for the Gators and played in the NFL for the Jets and Denver Broncos between 2010 and 2012.
He also tried out for both New England the Philadelphia but never played during the regular season for either team.