- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One local baseball team is already trying to capitalize on a potential Tim Tebow career change.

Just hours after the reported news that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will try his hand at professional baseball, Tim Tebow has reportedly received an invitation to join the roster of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

“He would be a great addition to the team, and we look forward to hearing from his agent in the near future,” Blue Crabs general manager Courtney Knichel said on the team’s website.

The Waldorf, Maryland, based team has not heard from Tebow’s agent yet. The Blue Crabs are independent team playing in the Atlantic League. Former Nationals infielder Steve Lombardozzi played for the Blue Crabs earlier this season before having his contract purchased by Triple-A Syracuse.

Aside from his storied football playing career, Tebow was an all-state baseball player in Florida and hit .494 in high school. He has been reportedly working out in Arizona with former major league catcher Chad Moeller as well as in Los Angeles to get back into baseball shape.

“I am beyond impressed with Tim’s athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic,” Moeller said in a statement released by CAA. “I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly.”

Tebow plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams next month.

Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball,” Tebow’s agent Jimmy Sexton told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”

The offer by the Blue Crabs was not Tebow’s reportedly only offer on Tuesday. Tebow was offered a contract by the Schaumberg (Illinois) Boomers of the independent Frontier League to play outfield.

“We’re looking for an athletic outfielder who can bring some leadership and competitiveness into the clubhouse,” Schaumberg manager Jamie Bennett said in a release. “Tebow brings all of those characteristics and then some. I think he’d be a great fit here in Schaumberg.”

Agent Brodie Van Wagenen, the co-head of CAA Baseball, said in a statement that the workout is not a publicity stunt.

“This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Wagenen said. “I have seen Tim’s workouts, and people inside and outside the industry — scouts, executives, players and fans — will be impressed by his talent.”

Some took to Twitter to voice their approval.

“I spent time w @TimTebow in the cages recently, he’s a NATURAL. I absolutely believe in his ability to play in the bigs. Tim has IT #focused.” former baseball slugger Gary Sheffield tweeted on Tuesday.

Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and two national championships in football with the University of Florida and was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He has also played in the NFL with the New York Jets, and New England Patriots. He was most recently released in training camp by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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