New York Mets: Tim Tebow Announces His Retirement From Baseball

Feb 25, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Mets assistant hitting coach Tom Slater (left) talks with outfielder Tim Tebow (85) during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The inevitable retirement day for Tim Tebow has finally arrived. The former Denver Broncos quarterback is hanging up the baseball cleats after four years in the New York Mets minor league system. Tebow made it all the way to Triple-A but never got the call to the big leagues.

Tebow started his journey in 2016 and had not played since his junior year of high school. He started in the Arizona Fall League but struggled against baseball’s top prospects. Tebow only batted .194 and struck out in almost one-third of his at-bats.

In 2017, he spent his first full professional season between Low-A and High-A. Tebow magically homered in his first professional at-bat, but the success did not last. He slashed .226/.309/.347 with eight homers and 24 doubles but struggled to adjust to left field.

Tebow moved to Double-A in 2018, where he improved his average to .273 over 84 games. He still did not hit for any power with a .399 slugging percentage and struck out in almost 40% of his at-bats. The Mets tried to push the envelope by moving Tebow to Triple-A in 2019. Tebow batted .163 and struck out 98 times in 77 games played. His season ended early after suffering a left-hand injury.

Despite his onfield struggles, he was always a positive face in spring training. Tebow hit just .151 in his four springs with the Mets and recorded his first home run during last year’s spring camp.

“I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100% in on whatever I choose,” Tebow said after the Mets released him. “Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time.” Tebow always took the job seriously and was a great revenue source for the minor leagues during his career.