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Tim Tebow earns All-Star honors for Mets' Double-A team

Tim Tebow has plenty of skeptics on his journey to a professional baseball career, but at least a handful of his Double-A peers aren’t among them.

As ESPN reported Friday, the former NFL quarterback has been named to the Eastern League All-Star Team. The honor comes after the 30-year-old outfielder hit .318 in June for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, a New York Mets Double-A affiliate. And it marks Tebow’s highest award since taking up an attempted road to the majors in 2016.

Now three years removed from his last stint in the NFL, Tebow is batting .261 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and six doubles on the year. Those marks are slightly below the averages of fellow Eastern League All-Stars, per ESPN, but Binghamton manager Luis Rojas has gone on record to praise the ex-quarterback’s “big strides.”

A former Heisman Trophy winner who entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010, Tebow led Denver to the playoffs as a second-year starter but had only brief stints with the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles from 2012-2015. A year later, despite persistent efforts to revive his quarterbacking career, he turned to baseball for the first time since high school.

The author of 2016’s “Shaken,” Tebow has long been one of Christianity’s most obvious voices in sports. Famous for his “John 3:16” eye-black in college, the former Florida star has proclaimed his faith in church, school and prison speaking tours. He’s also been a strong proponent of children’s-focused philanthropy, using his foundation to help construct the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines.

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