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Broken hand sidelines Tim Tebow-he’s likely headed back to TV

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It looks like Tim Tebow’s dream to play baseball in the major leagues this season is over.

This after a report that he has suffered a broken bone in his right hand this weekend, while playing for the Double-A Binghampton (NY) Rumble Ponies in the New York Mets organization.

ESPN’s NFL Insider extraordinaire Adam Schefter broke the news Monday afternoon:

As we wrote earlier this summer, the news derails what was an obvious plan to have Tebow called up to the Mets big club when the MLB rosters expand to 40 players in September.

Tebow has excelled at times in Double-A and was even named to the Eastern League All-Star Game two weeks ago, where he doubled in his first at bat. Tebow is currently hitting .273 with a .336 On base percentage (both are average) with six home runs 36 RBI’s and 21 extra base hits in his 271 plate appearances this season.

Last night a pre-taped interview with Tebow aired on ESPN with him talking about several subjects, including his baseball career in the minor leagues and his desire to try to compete at the major league level:

 

Tebow even joke with interviewer Pedro Gomez about what was tougher: A first-and-goal at the 10-yard line at LSU or an 0-2 count in the ninth inning with a tying run on base and a slider to be thrown two him?

Tebow quickly quipped “Who’s throwing the slider?!”

Tebow will be honored on the 10th anniversary of the Gators last national championship (and his Heisman Trophy win) later this season. And, speaking of LSU, he will have his name put in the Florida’s “Ring of Honor” prior to that home game in October.

All is not lost in the short-term, as Tebow will now likely resume his other very successful career, which is as a television analyst on the SEC Network. He is an analyst on the live Saturday morning preview show called “SEC Nation” that airs from a different SEC game site every week during the season.

There has yet to be any official comments from Tebow or the Mets on the injury Monday afternoon.

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