Photo from Tim Tebow’s website

The Philippine Amateur Baseball Association is waiting for official word if Tim Tebow will continue to suit up for the Philippines once the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers is held following his decision to retire from professional baseball.

Questions as to whether Tebow is still available for the WBC were raised after the former American football quarterback-turned-baseball player decided to hang it up following five seasons in the New York Mets’ Minor League system.

“Just the other day I saw his name on the New York Mets Spring Training roster. He is in shape,” PABA secretary general Pepe Munoz told the Manila Bulletin Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

“It’s a bit surprising because the Mets wanted him to join the tryout. Maybe his personal plans have changed,” added Munoz.

Tebow, who became famous for his college football days at Florida and later with the NFL’s Denver Broncos before shifting to baseball, is eligible to represent the Filipino batters in the WBC because of more-relaxed rules compared to other international competitions.

Under WBC rules, players can suit up for the country where they are born. Tebow was born in Makati City to an American couple doing missionary work in the country.

His WBC stint was supposed to come last year in Tuczon, Arizona, but the qualifiers were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s still no word as to when the WBC Qualifiers will take place. The Philippines is in Qualifier 2 together with Panama, Great Britain, Spain and Czech Republic.

The Philippines must win twice in the tourney that uses a double-elimination format in order to qualify for the main WBC competition.

Source: Manila Bulletin (