Tim Tebow held his much-publicized baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles, and the reviews ranged everywhere from one scout reportedly dropping expletives over his sheer size to another telling USA Today that he looked like an actor portraying a professional baseball player.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain wants to be clear — he didn’t see any of the workout. Not the several baseballs Tebow hit over the fence in batting practice. Not the struggles he entailed against live pitching with a bevy of scouts in attendance, including at least one representative from the Royals.
But Cain knows this: Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy quarterback, has a long road ahead of him.
“It’s going to be a tough grind for him because baseball is definitely a tough sport — something that you can’t just pick up after not playing for I don’t know how many years,” Cain said. “It’s going to be a tough transition for him, but we all know he’s an athlete. I guess we’ll see what happens with that.”
The biggest hurdle for Tebow, 29, is rather obvious. He has not played baseball since his junior season of high school in 2004.
After that, he elected to put all of his energy into football, a decision that resulted in a Heisman Trophy at Florida, where he led the Gators to two national championships.
His NFL career never unlocked the same success, and he lasted only three seasons — two with the Denver Broncos as a quarterback and one with the New York Jets as a man without a true position.
In his baseball workout Tuesday, Tebow tracked fly balls in the outfield. The LA Times reported scouts at least 27 MLB teams were in attendance. A left-handed hitter, Tebow was able to power balls over the fence at USC’s Dedeaux Field in batting practice. But he reportedly struggled in the transition against live pitching.
Perhaps as expected.
“I take a week,off, and I feel like I’m way out of whack,” Cain said. “So it’s definitely going to be tough.”