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Tim Tebow retires from baseball after four seasons in Mets’ system

Tim Tebow is hanging up his cleats for good — his baseball cleats, that’s.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback introduced his retirement from baseball Wednesday after four seasons as a minor leaguer in the Mets’ system. His choice got here solely days after he had been invited to main league spring coaching.

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“I want to thank the Mets, [team president Sandy] Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” Tebow mentioned in an announcement. “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 once more for everybody’s help of this superior journey in baseball, I’ll all the time cherish my time as a Met.”

Tebow, who signed with the Mets as a free-agent outfielder in 2016, was an All-Star on the Double-A stage in 2018 with a .273 common and six dwelling runs in 84 video games. He struggled at Triple-A the following yr, although, hitting simply .163 by 77 video games as his season was reduce brief by a hand damage.

“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,” Alderson mentioned. “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.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic pressured the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, the 33-year-old hinted at his potential retirement, however he had beforehand deliberate to a minimum of attend spring coaching.

“It’s not something that I want to do forever,” Tebow instructed MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo in November, “because there’s a lot of other things that are in my heart that I want to pursue.”

A primary-round decide of the Broncos in 2010, Tebow performed three seasons in the NFL earlier than transitioning into his present function as a TV analyst with ESPN’s SEC Network.

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