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Report: Tim Tebow to sign with N.Y. Mets

ESPN is reporting the New York Mets will sign Tim Tebow to a minor league contract.

The Heisman-winning quarterback will be sent to the Arizona Fall League or the Instructional League to begin his professional baseball career.

The Atlanta Braves were among the teams that had expressed an interest in signing Tebow.

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Tebow, 29, hasn’t played baseball since his junior year in high school 11 years ago, but the former Florida Gators star is attempting to forge a pro career as an outfielder. He held an individual workout last week in Los Angeles that was attended by representatives of 28 of 30 major league teams.

The muscular, 255-pound former NFL quarterback impressed with his raw power – he hit one long home run during the workout — and above-average speed, though his swing and defensive skills would presumably need work.

Tebow won two national championships with the Florida Gators. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but has not played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He went to training camp with the New England Patriots in 2013 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 but did not claim a roster spot either time.

He has been a college-football analyst at ESPN since December 2013.

Tim Tebow's baseball tryout Tuesday

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is switching sports Tuesday.

Tuesday marks the workout, or audition of sorts, for Tebow as he holds a workout for Major League Baseball teams to take a look at his skills.

He's no stranger to the diamond, but it has been awhile since he played organized baseball in high school, The Associated Press reported.

More than 20 teams have confirmed that a representative will attend the workout in Los Angeles, ESPN reported.

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At least 13 teams, including the Braves, Marlins, Red Sox and Rays, will be attending the workout, which is not open to the public, Sporting News reported.

Tebow has been training, splitting his time between Arizona and Los Angeles, for the past year. He had a tryout with the Dodgers before the current season. He didn't make the team but a scout was there, and the team was interested in the quarterback, ESPN reported.

"I spent time with Tim Tebow is the cages," former All-Star slugger Gary Sheffield told the AP. "He's a natural. Tim has it."

Tebow also worked out with former MLB pitcher David Aardsma, who posted to Twitter.

Tebow was an all-state baseball player in high school. He hit .494 his junior year for Nease High School. His team made the final four of the Florida state playoffs, ESPN reported.

On the gridiron, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy and two national championships with the University of Florida. He was a first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos in 2010. He played his last season in 2012 for the New York Jets. He went to camp with the New England Patriots in 2013 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but was cut before each season, ESPN reported.

Tebow is not the first pro to try to change sports. Michael Jordan played one season in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bo Jackson also switched from football to baseball after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1986. His last game was in 1994, according to his MLB stats page. He was an all-star in 1989 and participated in that year's Home Run Derby.

Royals player makes wacky tribute to 'Rally Mantis'

The Kansas City Royals adopted an unusual mascot last week, which they credit for helping them win five of six games.

The mascot was a praying mantis. Crediting it for the team’s winning streak, the insect was nicknamed, “Rally Mantis.”

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Alas, Rally Mantis is no more. According to The Kansas City Star, the mantis died Friday night.

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy created a wacky tribute video as the team mourns the loss of their lucky bug.

 

Pirates fan goes for foul ball, ends up with face full of nachos

If you're on Twitter, you may have been wondering why "nachos" was trending Wednesday night, here's why:

A man trying to reach for a foul ball during the Pirates/Padres game ended up with a face full of nachos. It looks like he dropped his beer as well.

The Pirates showed him some support and got him a new shirt.

Here's the whole thing if you want to watch it:

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Tim Tebow pursuing professional baseball career, report says

Nearly a year after Tim Tebow last appeared on an NFL roster, the former quarterback is "actively pursuing a career in professional baseball," his agents told ESPN.

Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan told the sports station that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles for the last year and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.

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"Tim's athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball," Sexton told ESPN. "Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."

Although the report might sound like it's coming out of left field, Tebow actually came close to becoming a professional baseball player before he joined the NFL.

"We wanted to draft him but he never sent back his information card," Red Sox Florida area scout Tom Kotchman, who previously worked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, told WEEI in 2013. "Either it never got to him or it's Tim Tebow. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise (the Angels) were going to take him."

Tebow played baseball while attending Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He didn't play his senior year, but as a junior he hit .494, according to an NFL.com report. He earned all-state honors that year and led the team to the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

"I believe he could have played in the big leagues," Nease coach Greg "Boo" Mullins said, according to the report. Tebow went for football over baseball because "he just had a bigger fire" for the sport, Mullins said.

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will be invited to his workout at the end of the month, according to ESPN.

Child who had double hand transplant throws out MLB first pitch

A little boy from Maryland had a dream come true. 

He got to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. 

Zion Harvey, 9, lost both hands to a severe infection when he was a baby. A 40-member surgical team last summer helped Zion become the first child in the world to have a double hand transplant, WJZ reported.

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The surgical team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia connected bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin during the 10-hour procedure. Since the surgery, Zion has been undergoing therapy to regain hand function.

"Never give up on your dreams," Zion told WJZ last year. "It will come true."

Zion has shown so much progress that he was able to throw out the first pitch Tuesday at a Baltimore Orioles game, WJZ reported. Adam Jones caught the pitch on a small bounce as The Oriole Bird, mascot of the Orioles, cheered Zion on.

The trio posed for photos before the start of the game.

The Orioles went on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1.

Babe Ruth's daughter throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

Babe Ruth's daughter threw out the first pitch before the Red Sox game on Saturday.Next weekend, Julia Ruth Stevens will turn 100 years old.

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Stevens says it's great that people still celebrate her father's place in baseball history.

She still lives in New England and is a resident of Conway, New Hampshire.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore in 1895 and played for the Red Sox from 1914 to December, 1919 when he was sold to the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1920 until 1934. His last major league appearance was for the Boston Braves in May 30, 1935. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in its freshman class of 1936 when he received more than 95 percent of votes. He holds seven World Series championships. 

Watch: Boy's epic staredown at NCAA College World Series game

An NCAA College World Series game Saturday night between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Texas Christian University Frogs was a normal game.

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The players worked for a win, fans cheered and booed at appropriate times and the cameramen panned their equipment around, capturing footage to be broadcast on television.

But then one ESPN camera landed on a very interesting subject -- a boy who immediately engaged in a staring contest, looking directly into the camera lens.

The boy's staring contest arguably became more intense and competitive than the baseball game he was attending.

ICYMI: There was an EPIC stare down last night at the CWS!Posted by NCAA Baseball on Sunday, June 26, 2016

He locked eyes with the camera and continued staring at it for nearly 30 seconds. At one point, the boy turned to look at his mother -- who was completely unaware of what was going on -- but then resumed his dedicated staredown with the camera. 

He even wiggled his eyebrows and shoulders to assert his confidence.

Coastal Carolina went on to win the championship. But the real winner is this kid.

What Bill Murray thinks of Turner Field

Chicago superfan Bill Murray took a break from Sunday's "wet heat" at Turner Field to give his analysis of the Cubs' rout of the Braves.

It was a muggy 95 degrees in Atlanta and the "Caddyshack" star was surviving, as the Cubs played with a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning.

The conversation immediately turned to the weather and the smell eminating from the visitor dugout seats.

"It smells like hamburgers here," Murray told WGN announcer  Jim Deshaie. "I’ve never been to a ballpark where it smells like hamburgers." 

"Is that a good thing?" Deshaie asked.

"Well I ordered one," Murray answered, who attended the game with his brother, Andy.

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Murray marveled at Atlanta's reception of former Brave Jason Heyward, now with the Cubs. He returned to weather talk suggesting a breeze would've made conditions more bearable.

Murray also joined the Braves' TV crew, where he talked more weather:

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