Everyone remembers Tebow-mania, right?
If you don’t here’s a reminder of the former Broncos quarterback’s greatest achievement:
Tim Tebow’s football career quickly devolved from Heisman-winning first round pick in 2010 to washed-out street free agent by 2012. His awful throwing mechanics helped hasten his demise and he hasn’t thrown a regular season pass in some four years, though was briefly a part of the Patriots (2013) and Eagles (2015) offseason rosters. He currently serves as an analyst for ESPN.
The 29 year old’s NFL dreams may have been over a long time ago, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from go after other athletic pursuits. According to Adam Schefter, Tebow is planning to chase a career in the MLB as an outfielder and will hold a workout open to all 30 teams later this month (no word yet if he’s able to throw the ball into the infield, or if he has to run it to the cut-off man each time).
Tim played baseball in high school, but quit prior to his senior season to focus on football and of course he didn’t play on the University of Florida’s baseball squad, either. It’s been some 11 years since Tebow has faced live pitching in a game environment. Needless to say, he’s facing an uphill battle just to be signed by an MLB organization, let alone ascending through the minor leagues to the big league level.
Fortunately for Tim, he has someone helping train him that should be a familiar name to those around Milwaukee.
Chad Moeller appeared in 196 games in a Brewers’ uniform from 2004-2006 while posting a .576 OPS in 669 plate appearances. The backstop’s claim-to-fame was becoming the fifth Brewer to hit for the cycle on April 27, 2004, in front of a crowd of 8,918 people at Miller Park while facing the Cincinnati Reds.
Moeller’s career ended following the 2010 season after hitting .226/.288/.352 with 29 home runs in 501 games across parts of 11 seasons. Since hanging up his cleats, Moeller has opened “Chad Moeller Baseball” clinics and camps in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can read some testimonials about his work here.
Moeller had this to say regarding his protege:
“I am beyond impressed with Tim’s athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic. I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly."
Good for Tim for doing anything that he can to stay relevant, and good luck to him as he pursues his hardball dreams. Not like he’ll need it, though, since all he does is win.