(Ambush Sports) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and current New York Mets outfielder prospect Tim Tebow will be playing for The Phillippines during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifiers next month.
Tebow wrote Wednesday on Twitter, “Grateful and excited to play for Team Philippines in the [World Baseball Classic]…the country I was born in and somewhere that is near and dear to my heart!”
The Phillippines were home to Tebow’s parents, who were missionaries when he was born in August 1987.
The Phillippines, one of four nations vying for a WBC spot, is in the second qualifying pool, facing off against Great Britain, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Panama, and Spain. They failed to qualify for the main tournament in their last two attempts in 2013 and 2017.
Qualifiers will run from March 12-25, with baseball action in the second qualifying group will take place kicking off March 20 as The Phillippines faces off against the Czech Republic in Tuscon, Ariz.
The 32-year-old Tebow, who is also a college football analyst for the SEC Network, is returning for his fourth season in the minor leagues with the Mets organization and has a .223 batting average with 18 home runs, 107 RBIs and striking out 327 times.
Team USA, the defending champions from the 2017 World Baseball Classic, automatically qualified for the tournament.