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Tim Tebow to play for Philippines in Tucson World Baseball Classic qualifier

Tim Tebow #85 of the New York Mets poses for a photo during Photo Day at Clover Park on February 20, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow is set to swing into action for a new team.

The New York Mets minor league outfielder and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play for the Philippines next month in Tucson, Ariz., during the World Baseball Classic.

Tucson will host a six-team qualifier for the event March 13-25 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Philippines will play in a pool scheduled for March 20-25, and tickets to that event are on sale.

Tebow was born in the Philippines in 1987 when his parents were serving as missionaries in the country. The family moved to Florida when he was 3 years old.

“I’m kind of excited about it,” Tebow said Wednesday. “I think it’s cool.”

On Tuesday, Tebow homered in a spring training game against Detroit. He’s spent parts of four seasons in the minors with the Mets, and hit .163 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 77 games last year in his first Triple-A action.

As a football player, Tebow won two national championships at Florida, then played in the NFL with Denver and the New York Jets.

Tebow said Mets management supported his upcoming stint in the WBC. The Philippines will play in a qualifying tournament pool with teams from Panama, New Zealand, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Tucson World Baseball Classic qualifiers schedule

All games at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium

POOL 1

Pakistan, Brazil, Germany, France, Nicaragua, South Africa.

March 12

Game 1: Pakistan vs. Brazil, 12:30 p.m.

Game 2: Germany vs. France, 7:30 p.m.

March 13

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Nicaragua, 12:30 p.m.

Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. South Africa, 7:30 p.m.

March 14

Game 5: Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 12:30 p.m.

Game 6: Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 7:30 p.m.

March 16

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 12:30 p.m.

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

March 17

Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 6 p.m.

POOL 2

The Philippines, Czech Republic, Spain, New Zealand, Panama, Great Britain

March 20

Game 1: The Philippines vs. Czech Republic, 12:30 p.m.

Game  2: Spain vs. New Zealand, 7:30 p.m.

March 21

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Panama, 12:30 p.m.

Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Great Britain, 7:30 p.m.

March 22

Game 5: Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 12:30 p.m.

Game 6: Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 7:30 p.m.

March 24

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 12:30 p.m.

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

March 25

Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 6 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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