The Phillies Will Scout Tim Tebow Next Week

Tim Tebow, former Philadelphia Eagle and Heisman Trophy winner, will attempt to begin a baseball career on Tuesday. The Phillies will be scouting.

Tim Tebow while on the Eagles

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It was a little over a year ago when the Eagles released Tim Tebow, ending his attempt at an NFL comeback. Since then, he’s apparently been practicing his baseball skills. On Tuesday, Tebow will hold an open workout for baseball teams in Arizona. He’s been training there for several months.

And, yes, the Phillies will be there to scout him.

Now, it’s not like he’s going to be playing with the Reading Fightin Phils next week. Jim Salisbury of Comcast SportsNet reports “the Phillies, and every other team that stops by Tebow’s workout, are merely practicing due diligence by taking a look at an accomplished athlete who long ago showed some baseball aptitude.”

Tebow last played baseball in high school. He hit .494 as a junior at Nease High in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in 2004. A scout later said the then-Anaheim Angels wanted to draft him out of high school.

Tebow eventually chose to focus on football. He won two national championships, and the 2007 Heisman Trophy, while playing for the Florida Gators. He helped the Broncos to a Wild Card round playoff win in his second NFL season, but was traded away the following year after Denver acquired Peyton Manning.

Much like Michael Jordan was when he attempted a baseball career, Tebow has been lambasted by critics for this attempt. I think this is unfair: It’s neat that Tim Tebow is trying another sport. He’ll either do well, and it’ll be kind of cool, or he’ll fail and it will be funny. I support this.

Tuesday’s workout is closed to the public, however, so we won’t get to see it. Come on, Tim! Put that shit on pay-per-view and charge me $15 bucks for it and donate the money to your favorite Christian charity! The public demands to see you fail at another sport!

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