Tebow: MLB dream 'is something that is still in my heart'
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Former NFL quarterback and current New York Mets farmhand Tim Tebow isn't ready to give up on his quest to reach the majors despite some daunting obstacles.

Tebow is preparing to enter his fourth season in the minors after reaching Triple-A in 2019. The 33-year-old will likely go 21 months without playing in a professional game due to injuries and pandemic-related closures.

"I'm already behind the eight ball in age and time and experience in all of these things, so of course, it makes it harder," Tebow said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "But I think at the same time, I try to learn from every bit of it. And that's all that we can do ... But it is something that is still in my heart today."

He added, "Definitely disappointing this year with COVID, but ... I'm such a believer that in some areas of my life, every setback has been an opportunity for a setup for something different and unique that I have planned. All these have been pieces of setbacks, but I think I've also learned from them, adapted, and grown."

Tebow joined the Mets' system in September 2016 after signing a contract as a minor-league free agent. He owns a .233/.299/.338 career slash line with 18 home runs in 287 games across three different levels in the minors.

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