Former NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow wants to join a major league baseball club and is planning a workout, but Marlins President David Samson told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald he “doubts” the Marlins will send someone to attend the workout.
Team president David Samson said he doubts the Marlins will send anyone to Tim Tebow’s audition for big-league teams. “Nothing is harder in sports than hitting a baseball and to not take a swing in [a game] for 10 years” makes this difficult for Tebow, Samson said.
Tebow, if he signs with a club, will be forced to work his way through an organization’s minor league system. While Miami’s plans with regard to its starting outfielders are unclear, the club doesn’t have room for Tebow.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich form what the Marlins believe to be the best outfield in baseball, leaving Tebow without a place to play.
Tebow is beloved by Gators fans throughout Florida after having a successful collegiate football career. However, as Samson noted, his athleticism alone might not be enough to result in an effective baseball career.
Perhaps attending the workout might have been tempting for the old Marlins, but under Don Mattingly, every player has a specific role. Tebow doesn’t seem to fit into the mix.