Michael Jordan’s 1994 Baseball Stats Outshine Tim Tebow’s In First Fall League Season
Before this week there wasn't much of a basis to compare Michael Jordan and Tim Tebow. But with Thursday marking the end of Tebow's Arizona Fall League season - the first in his attempt at a professional baseball career - sports fanatics now have the premise and the statistics to make the contrast.
Jordan played for the same team as Tebow, the Scottsdale Scorpions, in 1994 when he had his own run at a career in Major League Baseball, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. However, Rovell's tweet shows that Jordan fared marginally better than Tebow.
Tim Tebow's Arizona Fall League season came to an end today. Michael Jordan, who played with the same team 22 years earlier, looked better pic.twitter.com/MTBGAknXS4
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 18, 2016
Other than the baseline of statistics and the fact that they played for the same team, there's not much room for comparison between Jordan and Tebow. The circumstances under which both athletes made the transition to baseball differ drastically.
Jordan was just coming off his third consecutive NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1993 when he decided to hang up his sneakers for the first time and trade them in for cleats and a bat. Meanwhile, Tebow couldn't make it in the National Football League, so he decided to take a crack at baseball in what is likely his last chance to live out his dream of being a professional athlete.
Despite going up against baseball's top prospects and some setbacks throughout the fall season, which included running into an outfield wall, CBS Sports' Matt Snyder wrote in his grade of Tebow's performance that he showed "drastic improvement over the final two weeks."
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