Twelve years after he last played baseball, and four years after his last NFL snap, Tim Tebow is hoping to interest a major league team.
Later this month, Tebow, who turns 29 in five days, will hold an open tryout in Arizona, where he has been training.
Tebow hit .494 as a high school junior in Florida, and reportedly would have been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels had he replied to their requests for information.
Instead, Tebow didn’t play baseball as a senior and went on to a storied college football career at Florida.
Tebow, who attempted eight passes for the New York Jets in 2012 after two seasons with Denver, failed in tryouts with the Patriots and Eagles, most recently in 2015.
He’s been broadcasting college games for ESPN, which he apparently will continue as he pursues his other dream.
Tebow is being represented by Brodie Van Wagenen, who also is the agent for Ryan Zimmerman and the New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes.
"This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth," Van Wagenen said in a statement. "I have seen Tim’s workouts and people inside and outside the industry – scouts, executives, players and fans – will be impressed by his talent.
"As an agent, I have a genuine respect for how hard it is to succeed at the game of baseball and a true admiration for those who possess the talent to play it at the Major League level. Tim's tool set is real."
Tebow has been working out with former Orioles catcher Chad Moeller, who served as Matt Wieters’ backup late in the 2009 season.
Many big name quarterbacks have also played baseball. There was John Elway, who famously threatened the Baltimore Colts after they made him the first overall draft choice in 1983. Elway, who had hit .318 for the New York Yankees’ Oneonta affiliate in 1982, said he’d play baseball rather than play for the Colts.
Instead of waiting Elway out, the Colts quickly traded him to the Broncos. A year later, they left Baltimore.
Johnny Manziel, who was a high school shortstop, was drafted by San Diego in 2014, and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks played two seasons of minor league ball with Colorado in 2010 and 2011. Wilson was drafted in the 41st round by the Orioles as a Richmond high school prospect.
Dan Duquette likes to tell the story of how when he was Montreal Expos’ general manager, the team scouted Tom Brady, who was drafted as a high school catcher in the 18th round by Montreal in 1995 after Duquette moved on to the Red Sox.
“He made a good career choice,” Duquette jokes.