Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow considered sticking with football, but instead chose baseball to take on a new challenge, he told ESPN's 'First Take" on Tuesday.
"I wanted to do something I wanted to do, that would be fun for me, a challenge for me," Tebow told host Max Kellerman. "That's why I chose to pick up a baseball bat."
Tebow, who signed a $100,000 contract to join the Mets this past summer, hit .194 with a .296 OBP, no home runs, three doubles and 20 strikeouts in 19 games during October's Arizona Fall League.
"At a certain point, it's not about what other people want you to do it's about what you want to do," he reitterated to Kellerman, parroting a line he frequently used during his book tour last November. "It's your life, not everybody else's life. I could go play football at another position, but why settle. Life isn't about settling, life is about striving."
Tebow runs the bases (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports).
The Mets announced Wednesday that 13 minor leaguers had been invited to big league Spring Training, with Tebow not among them.
In December, during the Baseball Winter Meetings, GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets hadn't decided whether Tebow would be invited to play in big league games during Spring Training,
"That's a decision we'll make some time in the near future," he added.
The day before Alderson's comments, Mets manager Terry Collins said he would like Tebow to play for the Mets during Grapefruit League games this spring, even if he's only in minor-league camp.
In late October, MLB scouts told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone that, while Tebow showed improvements as the AFL moved on, he is still a long ways away from having the needed skills to be a big-league player. And, at 29 years old, it's hard to imagine how he makes up for lost time.