Tim Tebow is going from Florida to Arizona for the next phase of his baseball career.
The Mets announced Tuesday that the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will report to the Arizona Fall League on Sunday to play for the Scottsdale team.
Tebow has been in the Mets’ Instructional League camp as he begins a headline-grabbing attempt to become a big-league ballplayer at age 29.
Instructional League was supposed to continue this week, but the Mets announced it had been ended early because of the state of emergency declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as Hurricane Matthew approaches.
Tebow will play for Mets first-base coach Tom Goodwin, who will manage Scottsdale once the Mets’ postseason is over.
Tebow, a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, drew large crowds to his workouts and scrimmages at the Mets’ minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie. He hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in a game.
“We want Tim to play in more games to continue developing his skills on the field while facing advanced competition,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a news release.
Tebow, in the same release, said: “Working in the Instructional League has been a lot of fun and productive. We worked hard and I was able to see a lot of pitches and work on different things. There was great coaching and I tried to improve every day. I plan to use the Fall League as an opportunity to improve. It’s a blessing and a great opportunity.”