Tim Tebow continues to play baseball and, in 2017, he has done fairly well on the diamond. In 103 plate appearances over 26 games with the Columbia Fireflies, Tebow has two home runs, nine RBI and a 104 wRC+ that indicates that he has been slightly above-average as a hitter in the South Atlantic League.
To translate, the 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner is a decent single-A baseball player but probably won’t be making the Major Leagues anytime soon. That is important information based on the fact that, well, Tebow isn’t leaving ESPN anytime soon.
The announcement that Tebow will remain with the worldwide leader is one of a string of such stories from ESPN in recent days, presumably to quell the backlash against recent layoffs. While it probably does not speak overly well of his baseball prospects to know that Tebow isn’t leaving TV, it should also be noted that the network isn’t mandating that he quits, either.
This is an important bullet point because Tebow’s football work on the weekends certainly overlaps with baseball participation at points during the season and it is a delicate balance. Fans of the sports media industry will undoubtedly point to a “part time” analyst being kept while others look for employment but, simply put, Tebow is good for ratings and interest (even in 2017) and that is always the centerpiece of these decisions.