Shannon Sharpe: Tim Tebow Does Not Deserve a Chance in MLB
Tim Tebow is getting his shot in MLB, signing a minor-league contract this morning with the New York Mets.
The famous former NFL quarterback, at age 29, decided recently that he wanted to try to make it to the majors and held a workout that was attended by scouts.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 8, 2016
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, "about eight teams" showed interest in Tebow to "varying degrees."
Tebow has not played played baseball since high school in 2005 and is looking to make it as an outfielder.
On Fox and Friends this morning, the hosts got some reaction from Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor, co-hosts of "The Undisputed," which airs weekdays at 9:30am ET on Fox Sports 1.
Sharpe, a Hall of Fame NFL tight end, argued that Tebow "short-cutted the system," jumping past countless baseball players who dream of an opportunity like this.
"I wish him well, but I don't think it's fair for the other guys," said Sharpe, arguing that Tebow used his "celebrity status" to make this happen.
Sharpe said normally when a professional athlete switches sports, like Deion Sanders, it happens after they've already mastered their original sport.
He criticized Tebow for refusing to go to the CFL to hone his throwing skills or consider switching positions in the NFL.
Bayless countered that Tebow took the Denver Broncos on a memorable run, winning a playoff game in 2011, and is one of the great clutch competitors.
"Did he not earn the right to at least try out for a baseball team?" he asked.
"No!" Sharpe answered.
Watch the debate above and let us know what you think.