Tim Tebow vs. Michael Jordan: Who has better baseball stats?

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Tim Tebow vs. Michael Jordan: Who has better baseball stats?

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Tim Tebow vs. Michael Jordan: Who has better baseball stats? | SI
Tim Tebow pulled even with Michael Jordan in career minor league home runs, but how else do the two stack up in terms of their baseball careers? In one realm, at least, Tim Tebow is the equal of Michael Jordan. On Sunday, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL washout turned minor league baseball player hit his third home run of the season for the Class A Columbia Fireflies, whacking a pitch over the fence in left for a solo shot. The dinger not only helped pull Tebow out of what had been a gnarly slump—Tebow was 0-for-his-last-17 going into the weekend's action before hitting a double on Saturday, then going deep on Sunday as part of a two-hit day—but it also moved him into a tie with the man to whom his Quixotic baseball quest has inevitably been compared: Michael Jordan. Jordan's doomed stint in minor league baseball—a season with the Double A Birmingham Barons in 1994 https://www.alabamateamsgear.com/gear/alphonse-taylor-bama-jersey, amid his sabbatical from the NBA—ended with His Airness hitting just three home runs in 127 games and looking wildly overmatched all the while. This august publication, meanwhile, gave him some rather terse career advice just a few weeks into his new job: Bag it. Alas, Jordan didn't take SI's advice that March and slogged through a season with not much in the way of highlights before deciding that basketball was the only way forward, returning to the Bulls in 1995. o MMQB: Inside Tim Tebow's baseball odyssey Despite history showing just how difficult the jump from one sport to the other is—particularly in picking up baseball for the first time in years and making a go at it despite never playing it at a professional level, just like Jordan 20 years ago—Tebow is currently hacking away in the South Atlantic League. And with Tebow matching Jordan in home runs, what better time to see how the one-time White Sox wannabe and current Mets hopeful stack up, head to head, in their second sports? There are a few caveats to offer here. For starters, Jordan (who was 31 when he joined the Barons) did his work at a higher level of the minors, and a ruthlessly difficult one at that; Tebow plays for a team on which he's the oldest player by four years and is roughly seven years older than the league on average. Tebow has also only hit the quarter mark of Jordan's career total. But either way, it's a good look at just how hard it is to succeed in baseball, even in the minors: two talented athletes who starred in their respective sports, now struggling to find traction. Sign Up for our Newsletter Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox! Sign Up for our Newsletter Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives Lawrence Erekosima Jersey, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox! Forgot Password close Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Email Address Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more Must be at least 6 characters and contain a number and an uppercase and lowercase letter The MMQB's Jacob Feldman shares the NFL's best stories and biggest news (plus an opinion or two) every weekday. The MMQB's Jacob Feldman shares the NFL's best stories and biggest news (plus an opinion or two) every weekday. For further information, please contact customer service at 1-888-806-4833 or write to Sports Illustrated Customer Service | Attention: Consumer Affairs | 3000 University Center Drive Tampa Bo Scarbrough Jersey, FL 33612-6408. Must be at least 6 characters and contain a number and an uppercase and lowercase letter Edit Favorite Teams close Remove or add teams to and from your list of favorites Edit Favorite Reporters close Remove or add reporters to and from your list of favorites The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up now to receive Sports Illustrated's best content, special offers and much more. The MMQB's Jacob Feldman shares the NFL's best stories and biggest news (plus an opinion or two) every weekday. The MMQB's Jacob Feldman shares the NFL's best stories and biggest news (plus an opinion or two) every weekday. For further information https://www.alabamateamsgear.com/gear/malik-martin-bama-jersey, please contact customer service at 1-888-806-4833 or write to Sports Illustrated Customer Service | Attention: Consumer Affairs | 3000 University Center Drive Tampa, FL 33612-6408. Please check your inbox to confirm your email address and start receiving newsletters.

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