Braves GM On Signing Tim Tebow: ‘There’s No Risk’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Atlanta Braves have the worst record in baseball, 54-85, have the sixth worst average attendance in baseball at 23,269 per ESPN.com.

So why not take a shot on national attraction and ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow?

“There’s no risk,” Braves general manager John Coppolella told USA TODAY. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll be honest with Tim early, and we can move on. If it does work, it’s great for the Braves and it’s great for baseball.

Related: Watch: Tim Tebow’s MLB Workout

“If we sign him, its because we think he has a chance to help us at some point.”

Coppolella went as far as to compare Tebow to Michael Jordan.

“Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game,” Coppolella said. “It’s similar to when Michael Jordan or others have wanted to play. It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball.”

Tebow, 29, worked out for the majority of MLB teams last week, including the Phillies. The former Eagles quarterback hit .494 with four homers and 30 RBIs as a junior at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida before deciding to pursue football. 

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