|Tim Tebow in 2019 spring training. From @Mets Twitter.|
Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback and longtime Mets minor-leaguer, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday. The Mets did extend Tebow an invite to spring training this season.
The Mets signed Tebow on September 8, 2016, and after spending 2017 with two A-ball clubs (Columbia and St. Lucie), he spent the following year at Double-A Binghamton before reaching Triple-A Syracuse in 2019. He did not play last year due to injury and because the minor leagues did not have a season due to the pandemic.
In three professional seasons, Tebow's stats were: .223 batting average, .299 on-base percentage, .338 slugging percentage; 18 home runs, 107 RBI, 107 runs scored, 48 doubles, and three triples.
Mets Team President Sandy Alderson said in a statement, "It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he's been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets. By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments."
Tebow said in the statement the Mets released, "I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization. I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions. I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 percent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone's support of this awesome journey in baseball, I'll always cherish my time as a Met. #LGM."