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Former Mets Bartolo Colon, Tim Tebow just can’t quit playing sports

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets reacts in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Four of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets reacts in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Four of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What do Bartolo Colon and Tim Tebow have in common? Aside from both being peak physical specimens that appear to be chiseled by the hand of Zeus, there’s not very much other than each were once employed by the New York Mets organization. Neither is here any longer, but both are unable to quit living the dream. Colon and Tebow love playing sports.

The two former members of the Mets organization have gone back to their roots

Colon is back in baseball! On Friday, April 30, while the Mets offense was taking another night off, Colon was on the mound making his Mexican League debut.

Big Bart tossed three shutout frames and fanned two in one of the most anticipated debuts of the century. Colon, who turns 48 this month, just can’t seem to hang up his cleats. I have no doubt we’ll see him pitching somewhere on this planet (or another) pitching after his 50th birthday.

Meanwhile, Tebow’s future might not be in baseball. The former Mets farmhand retired from America’s pastime this winter. Now he may be headed back to football. Tebow is reportedly someone the Jacksonville Jaguars have interest in as a tight end. The former NFL quarterback might have finally come to the realization that his athleticism may lead him somewhere else.

Tebow’s baseball dreams never seemed all too realistic considering how far in the past his playing days were. For whatever it’s worth, he did perform better than I think anyone could have imagined.

In 1,048 plate appearances in the minor leagues, Tebow slashed .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs. A regular strikeout victim and notably poor defender in left field, injuries plus a .163 batting average in Triple-A during the 2019 campaign doomed him.

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Colon’s trip to the Mexican League likely has something to do with his desire to get back to the major leagues again, too. This begs the question, what’s more likely to happen? Will we see Colon pitching in MLB before Tebow plays an NFL game?

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