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Ausmus to Tebow on baseball try: 'Good luck'

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — Former Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, who's been out of baseball since, oh, high school, will work out for scouts next week, including, reportedly, the Tigers.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked Friday afternoon about making the leap from high school to the big leagues.

"I haven't seen him. Good luck," Ausmus said. "Baseball looks easy when you're watching it on TV, but it's a little more difficult when you step on the field and the ball's moving 95 miles an hour.

"He's a tremendous athlete, obviously, and certainly with his size, if he has a decent swing, he can probably hit the ball a mile.

"But you still have to be able to hit 95 and hit breaking balls."

Is that the hardest thing to do in sports? Hit a baseball?

"I don't know," Ausmus said. "I see those people standing on the balance beam at the Olympics, and I think that's harder."

Tebow, 29, who played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, swings the bat and throws left-handed. Recently, former major-league closer David Aardsma pitched to him and told the New York Daily News he came away impressed.

His official workout is scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles. More than half the teams are said to be attending.