His run on the Eagles didn't quite work out last year, but if Tim Tebow is successful in his new career path, the Phillies might be his next best bet.
As ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, the former Eagles quarterback is "actively pursuing" a professional baseball career. To that end, the ex-QB will hold a workout for all 30 Major League Baseball teams later this month, agents Nick Khan and Jimmy Sexton told ESPN.
Tebow, who turns 29 this week, earned recognition in high school as a baseball player, having been honored as an all-state player at Nease High in Florida after helping his team reach the state semifinals when he was a junior. In 2013, reports emerged that the Los Angeles Angels nearly drafted Tebow when he was in high school, but the deal never went through over a botched information card.
Despite his experience as a teen, Tebow has not played baseball beyond the high school level, and hasn't played full-time since 2005. To combat that lack of experience, Tebow reportedly has been training in Los Angeles and Arizona for the better part of a year. Specifics about Tebow's training were not immediately available, though according to Sports Illustrated, he will pursue a position as an outfielder.
As MLB on Fox's Ken Rosenthal reports, Tebow's potential move to the MLB is to be taken seriously. Rosenthal obtained a statement from CAA baseball co-head Brodie Van Wagenen in which he says onlookers "will be impressed by [Tebow's] talent." Rosenthal also spoke with Chad Moeller, a former MLB catcher who has trained with Tebow in Arizona:
If Tebow is successful in his move to professional baseball, he will count himself as the second ex-Eagle to switch to the MLB in recent years. As Bleeding Green Nation points out, former safety Jarrad Page — who played for the Eagles in 2011 — made the move to baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
"Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures," Sexton told ESPN. "Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."