But Tebow at least temporarily silenced the doubters and critics in the bottom of the second inning. He's playing for the Class A Columbia Fireflies. Tebow finished the game 1 for 5 with three strikeouts.
The ball struck a fence above the wall, bounced back into play and Tebow stopped at second base ahead of the throw. He started the game in left field.
An outspoken Christian, Tebow played three seasons in the National Football League, where he became famous for his kneeling-in-prayer celebrations known as "Tebowing".
Tebow hit.148 with just four hits in 27 at-bats during spring training with the New York Mets before they assigned him to Single-A Columbia.
The 29-year-old known for his dedicated fan following is now on pace to hit 140 home runs this season, at his current rate.
Say what you want about Tim Tebow, the man has a flair for the dramatic.
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Last fall, in the Instructional League, he also homered his first time up.
Tim Tebow made a big splash in his minor-league baseball debut Thursday night.
If added to the 40-man roster, Howard would get a contract paying a $750,000 salary in the major leagues this year and $120,000 in the minors.
"Obviously, I'm new to baseball, but I've been competing for a long time, and I've been in a lot of big situations", Tebow said.
Tebow hit a homer in his first at-bat for the Columbia Fireflies, and according to USA TODAY Sports' Gabe Lacques, the moment sent the crowd "into a disbelieving frenzy".