Tebow announces retirement from professional baseball: 'I’ll always cherish my time as a Met'

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304485112 Tebow Spring Training
304485112 Tebow Spring Training

The Mets announced on Wednesday night that Tim Tebow has retired from professional baseball.

“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,” said team president Sandy Alderson. “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.”

The former Jets quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner signed with the Mets in September 2016, and had worked his way up to the Triple-A level, appearing in 77 games with Syracuse in 2019 while slashing .163/.240/.255 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

“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,” said Tebow. “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

Tebow was among the group of non-roster invitees that the Mets had planned to bring to spring training. He had spent time at Mets' big-league camp in each of the last three years, including in 2020, when he launched a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers.

When Urban Meyer was hired as the Jacksonville Jaguar's new head coach, there had been some speculation that perhaps Tebow would join his former college coach at the pro level.

At the time, Tebow told TMZ Sports that he had no plans of that, and was excited for spring training.

"Yeah, I’ve got no breaking new for you,” Tebow told TMZ in mid-January. “If he decides to take a job, he’ll have my support. He’s like a father figure to me. We talk all the time, and he was just down in Miami for the (National Championship Game) … I believe he’ll do a great job.

“Obviously, me and Coach are so close and so we’ve talked about a lot of different things over the years, but for me, I’m super excited about spring training, and so that’s where my focus kind of is right now.”