Tim Tebow has at least one man who believes in his potential as a baseball player — Jose Canseco. The 1988 American League MVP spoke on Saturday, saying he believes in Tebow.
To up the ante, Canseco even said that he wants the chance to work with the former quarterback.
“I want to work with him,” Canseco said, per Joe Stiglich, CSN Bay Area. “I want to teach him the art of power hitting, the psychology behind the game, because I have a lot of experience with that. I kind of put an open challenge to him, ‘If I beat you in a home run derby, you have to let me train you.’ So I’m hoping he calls me.”
In one respect, this would not be a bad idea. Unfortunately, looking at it from another angle, it would be a terrible idea for Tebow.
From the positive end, Tebow could find much worse teachers than Canseco when it comes to perfecting the art of hitting. Yes, Canseco’s steroid use is well known and there’s no doubt that his career was artificially enhanced.
But the Mitchell Report named 89 players as PED users. Even making the completely false assumption it didn’t miss any who had used up until that point, many others have subsequently been busted. Not many of those players have anything close to Canseco’s 462 home runs.
Canseco certainly knows the ins and outs of hitting and if he’s willing to teach Tebow, what’s the problem?
Unfortunately, Canseco’s name is one of the more reviled in baseball circles.
Tebow may be generating some interest from the Atlanta Braves and possibly other teams as well. But at the moment, he still needs to find a team that will actually sign him.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger turnoff for the 30 MLB teams, as well as MLB itself, than associating with Canseco. Fair or not, the very association would likely raise questions about the legitimacy of anything that Tebow does well.
So, while this may seem like a good idea, Tebow would be better off looking to other former MLB stars for advice.
An association with Canseco would only make his path to professional baseball more windy. That’s the last thing a 29 year old who hasn’t played competitive baseball in over 10 years needs.