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Tim Tebow Will Report to Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League has long been a place for the top MLB prospects to climb the ladder of success to a big league park. Now, more people may see those bright young stars, because of a former NFL quarterback. That is correct, former NFL quarterback and current Mets outfielder Tim Tebow will report to the Arizona Fall League on Sunday and play for Scottsdale Scorpions, per a club announcement.

“We want Tim to play in more games to continue developing his skills on the field while facing advanced competition,” said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

timtebowbattingcageTebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in September and hit .286 (4-for-14) with one home run, two RBIs and two walks in three Instructional League games. The league ended Tuesday after Florida governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency to prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

On September 8th, just over a week after he held a showcase for 28 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams (neither the Cubs nor Athletics sent representatives to his workout), Tebow inked a minor league deal featuring a $100K signing bonus with the Mets. The 29-year-old, who previously hadn’t played baseball since high school, then began his pro career in the Florida Instructional League and hit .286/.375/.500 with a home run and two walks in three games. Tebow skipped Friday and Saturday workouts in the instructional league because of his college football broadcasting commitments with ESPN and the SEC Network, and the ex-Florida Gator will do the same in the AFL, according to Vince Lara-Cinisomo of Baeball America.

“Working in the Instructional League has been a lot of fun and productive,” said Tebow. “We worked hard and I was able to see a lot of pitches and work on different things. There was great coaching and I tried to improve every day. I plan to use the Fall League as an opportunity to improve. It’s a blessing and a great opportunity.”

In going to the AFL, the two-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will have a chance to further prove his worth as a baseball player against much better competition than he has faced to this point. Tebow will also play for the same AFL team basketball legend Michael Jordan suited up for during his brief foray into baseball.tebowsigningautographs

In my opinion, Tim Tebow is another great reason to enjoy the Arizona Fall League. I have been to several games, and I love the interaction with the players of this league. The access, and interaction with the players is like nothing I have ever experienced on a baseball diamond. But, those things will surely be effected by the attention Tebow will bring with him. Therefore. this season will be interesting to experience, and I plan to do it alot.

Cleatgeeks.com will be covering the Arizona Fall League this season, and will be your home to tons of information regarding the AFL. What is great about this league, is that unlike spring training, every MLB team is represented by these 6 teams. We will bring you the inside news and player stats on the athletes who represent and may soon be wearing the jerseys of your favorite teams!

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