Tim Tebow Will Play for The Philippines in World Baseball Classic

Tebow has yet to fulfill his dreams of reaching the major leagues with the Mets

Tim Tebow Will Play for The Philippines in World Baseball Classic
Tim Tebow of the New York Mets. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / February 27, 2020 9:22 am

Tim Tebow, who has yet to fulfill his dreams of reaching the major leagues, will be stepping up to the plate for a new baseball team next month.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play for the Philippines, the country where he was born, next month in qualifiers for the World Baseball Classic.

The 32-year-old New York Mets minor league outfielder was born in the Philippines in 1987 when his parents were serving as missionaries in the country and his family moved to Florida when he was three.

“I’ve just got such a heart for the Philippines,” Tebow told USA Today. “I’ve just really had a love for the people for a long time. To be able to represent them will be really cool — really, really cool. You don’t get a lot of chances to represent people or places that mean something to you.”

In the qualifying tournament next month in Arizona, the Philippines will take on teams from Panama, New Zealand, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Spain.

In 77 games of Triple-A action for Syracuse last season, Tebow hit .163 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

Tebow did have a home run in a spring training game earlier this week.

This will be Tebow’s fifth year trying to make the majors with the Mets. In parts of four seasons in the minors over 287 games, he has batted .223 with 18 homers and 327 strikeouts.

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