WASHINGTON — Minor league sports teams will use any gimmick to get fans in the gates, and one team might be on the verge of unleashing Tebowmania. Bonus points if he can actually play.
According to multiple reports from ESPN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Braves came away from Tim Tebow’s recent workouts with enough interest to meet with the former Heisman winner one-on-one.
After meeting with Tebow, inside sources says the organization may be interested in signing Tebow to a minor league contract. The only other team linked to his services has been the Colorado Rockies.
This evening, Braves general manager John Coppolella told USA TODAY Sports: “If we sign him, it’s because we think he has a chance to help us at some point.”
Both the Braves and Rockies are out of contention after difficult seasons at the Major League level. Tebow’s rabid national following, paired with a signing in the heart of the SEC, could provide a major financial windfall for any team that signs Tebow. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes:
The Braves own their low Single-A affiliate in Rome, Ga., their Double-A team in Pearl, Miss., and their Triple-A team in Gwinnett County in suburban Atlanta, and if Tebow spent time with any of those teams he would surely boost the bottom line financially.
It is unknown whether or not Tebow, who was reportedly hoping for a chance to play at the Major League level, would accept a minor league deal. But as NBA superstar Michael Jordan found out before him, making that jump to the big leagues is easier said than done.
Regardless, Tebow attracted 28 teams to his workouts in Los Angeles, where he has been doing baseball-focused workouts for more than a year, after transitioning away from football. Tebow flashed impressive speed and hit one long home run, auditioning as an outfielder.
While we await updates on this story, just know that Tebow is covering his career options one way or the other: