The sports world reacts to Tim Tebow's decision to give up football for baseball

Occasional NFL quarterback and college football legend Tim Tebow has announced his intention to pursue a baseball career. To that end, he'll be holding a showcase at the end of August, and all 30 teams will be invited.

Tebow is 29 and hasn't played baseball since high school, so that's working against him. On the other hand, he was very good at baseball in high school in a place -- Florida -- where the quality of prep baseball is quite high. He's also obviously quite athletic. On that point, there's this from MLB.com's Daniel Kramer ...

The Angels reportedly considered drafting Tebow out of high school in 2006, but he never returned an information card at the club's request, and the team moved on.

Speaking of high school, here's a look at the one-time baseball-ist for Nease High School in Ponte Verde, Fla ...

No, he's not actually a future Hartford Yard Goat. At least not yet. Here's a snippet about said high school career via Ken Bradley of the Sporting News ...

The Panthers lost in the Final Four of the state playoffs that season--they were blanked by Winter Haven pitcher and current Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer. Tebow hit cleanup, batted .494 with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 10 doubles. He made The St. Augustine Record's All-County team, the Times-Union's All-First Coast team and was a first-team All-State selection.

In the here and now, Tebow's already made an impression, at least upon those inside his camp ....

Let's also recall that in 2014, an assistant coach for the University of Memphis verified claims that Tebow casually hit 12 homers in 15 swings while taking batting practice at a Memphis high school ...

So there's that. As well, he's also caught the attention of a very accomplished former big-league slugger ...

On the other hand ...

That, as it turns out, is a pic of Tebow as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Florida-Miami baseball game in 2009. Here's more on that occasion from

Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald

...

Lefty's first effort went all the way to the backstop. Pretty funny considering Riley Cooper was the ceremonial catcher. Cooper, of course, is a receiver on the football team and a right-fielder on the baseball team. He's also Tebow's roommate. I've never seen Tebow so nervous. Cooper hustled to get the wild pitch and tossed it back to Tebow for another try. Tebow's second effort was much better. After the quick show of encouragement from Cooper, Tebow went into the stretch wind-up one more time and this time hit his target. Fastball.

So two ceremonial first pitches, actually, the first of which could not be handled by an NFL receiver.

The larger reality, though, is that one does not simply decide to become a big-league ballplayer at age 29, high-school glories notwithstanding. But an indy-league ballplayer? That's already within reach ...

Here's the pitch directly from Boomers manager Jamie Bennett ...

"We're looking for an athletic outfielder who can bring some leadership and competitiveness into the clubhouse," said Schaumburg Boomers Manager Jamie Bennett, "Tebow brings all of those characteristics and then some. I think he'd be a great fit here in Schaumburg."

"I understand that Tim's ultimate goal is to make it to the major leagues, just like every other guy on our team," stated Boomers General Manager Pete Laven, "With our proximity to Chicago and the fact that major league scouts come through our park on a regular basis, I think this is the perfect situation for Tim to showcase his skills in a game situation."

The Royals' Triple-A affiliate, however, sounds a bit more skeptical ...

If nothing else, his baseball vision-quest has already inspired a minor-league promotion ...

Also, probably, some hand-wringing among farmhands ...

And you should really know that a random hombre on YouTube predicted this Tebow end-game some three years ago ...

As for the important question ...

In conclusion, and perhaps with a glimpse of the baseball future ...

Wait, perhaps equal time is called for ...

Tim Tebow, baseball player.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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