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Tim Tebow finishes first half of first pro baseball season

CHARLESTON,SC - JUNE 17: Tim Tebow (15) of the RiverDogs chops the ball into the ground and the ball bounces back up in front of Tebow during the minor league game between the Columbia Fireflies and the Charleston RiverDogs on June 17, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
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Former NFL quarterback and current New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow has completed the first half of his first professional baseball season.

Tebow got off to an outstanding start to the season, hitting two home runs over his first four games for Class-A Columbia. Since then, however, Tebow has hit just one long ball, but he has shown signs of improvement.

The 29-year-old had a five-game hitting streak and helped Columbia finish in second place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.

On Wednesday, Tebow went 1-of-2 with a double, two RBI and two walks in what was one of his stronger recent outings.

Over the course of the season, Tebow has registered a slash line of .224/.319/.338 with three home runs, 21 RBI and 12 doubles across 229 plate appearances.

The multi-talented athlete had a distinguished college football career at the University of Florida, earning a Heisman Trophy and a national championship during his tenure with the Gators.

He was then selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (25th pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, and by 2011, he was the Broncos’ full-time starter at quarterback and led the team to a stunning playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, that offseason, Denver traded Tebow to the New York Jets for two draft picks.

Tebow mainly manned special teams with the Jets during the 2012 season, throwing only eight passes throughout the entirety of the year. He also carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards.

He was then signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring of 2015, but he never actually played a game with the team.

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