What’s Next For Tim Tebow?

Tim Tebow's sporting story is fascinating. Regarded as one of college football's most lucrative options heading into the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Denver Broncos. After five years of professional football for four different teams, Tebow decided to pursue a career in baseball. It was quite clear that, despite his success in college, his quarterback play was not suited to the professional game.

In 2016, Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and participated in the Mets' instructional league. He impressed on his debut, notching a home run in the very first pitch with the organization. It would be fair to claim that Mets fans immediately fell in love with Tebow's personality and influence; he certainly had a positive impression during his early years.

He has gone from strength to strength since joining the Mets, impressing for the Scottsdale Scorpions and St. Lucie Mets. Tebow finished the campaign with decent numbers, hitting .231, 5 home runs, and 57 strikeouts in 216 at bats. The Mets hierarchy were unsure, but, after positivity from Tebow himself, the organization decided to invite Tebow to their major training camp ahead of the 2018 season.

That was back in January. By mid-March, the Mets confirmed that Tebow would be heading back to the minor leagues. His inability to perform at Grapefruit League level was a bit of a deal-breaker for the Mets; Tebow ended spring training with just 1 hit in 18 at-bats, plus 11 strikeouts. Those figures aren't good enough for a player wanting to play on the biggest stage of all -- even the most ardent Tebow fan would admit that.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner admitted that he expected the demotion but will he now turn his focus back to football? Only time will tell. There's no denying Tebow's passion for the sport and his willingness to succeed -- in terms of effort and endeavor, he deserves a place in the Mets squad. However, the organization cannot afford to take a risk on Tebow; there is far too much on the line.

At the time of writing, the best odds for betting online have the Mets at 41.00 to win the World Series in 2018. Whether Tebow is part of the long-term plan or not, those odds are decent for a flourishing New York side. The Mets are improving and it would be foolish to write them off just yet. Who knows, Tebow could work his way back into contention for the majors with some hard work in the coming months.

If he wants a return to football, Tebow could head north to the Canadian Football League. Trying to find a franchise to take him on in the National Football League may be difficult; Tebow's track record speaks for itself. The romantics out there will be hoping that things work out between him and the New York Mets, but for now, Tebow remains an outcast and his Major League Baseball dreams are very slim indeed.

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