New York Mets’ Tim Tebow plays for Team Philippines in World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Arizona

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Tim Tebow is suiting up for the country of his birth. Photo from New York Mets Twitter post.

The New York Mets’ Tim Tebow will play for Team Philippines in the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC) Qualifiers to be held in Tuscon, Arizona.

The New York Mets this morning (Philippine TIme) announced Tebow’s joining his birth country’s bid to reach the finals of the 2021 WBC quadrennial tournament for the first time.

Tim Tebow, the popular baseball team’s minor league outfielder, also went on Twitter on February 27, 2020, to confirm his signing up for Team Philippines, saying he was “Grateful and excited to play for team Philippines 🇵🇭 in the @WBCbaseball
… the country I was born in and somewhere that is near and dear to my heart!”

Tim TebowTim Tebow is a 2-time United States national champion, first-round National Football League (NFL) draft pick, and the 2007 Heisman trophy winner who is currently signed to play professional baseball with the New York Mets Organization.

The popular media icon was born in 1987 and stayed for 3 years after that in the Philippines when his missionary parents were stationed in Southeast Asia.

“You don’t get a lot of chances to represent people or places that mean something to you. It’s even more than baseball for me,” Tebow said.

The 32-year-old Tebow on Wednesday made a spectacular showing with a two-run home run for the New York Mets against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game. He is entering his fourth full minor league season with the Mets with a record of 287 games, .223 bats with 18 homers and 327 strikeouts.

Team Philippines is scheduled to play its first game at the WBC Qualifiers against the Czech Republic team on March 20 in the opening round. The double-elimination qualifying tournament also includes Great Britain, New Zealand, Panama, and Spain.

The Philippine National Baseball Team is seeking to add to its winning record secured in 1954 as the first Asian Baseball Champion.

In 2019, Filipino batters Diego Lozano and Jennald Pareja were named to 2019 Asian All-Star Baseball Team.while the newly formed National Women’s Baseball Team won the Asian Baseball Championships bronze medal against China.

The country sought but failed to qualify at the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017 and hopes to strengthen its renewed bid with Tim Tebow’s entry.

Team Philippines will attempt to secure one of the four remaining slots in the 2021 World Baseball Classic. Tim Tebow will play at the WBC Qualifiers scheduled from March 13-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Team Philippines.

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