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Report: Mets signing Tim Tebow to minor league deal

Baseball scouts and the media watch a showcase for former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow at the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) AP

Before they moved to the swamps of Jersey, the Jets used to share Shea Stadium with the Mets but the two teams never shared any players.

Tim Tebow may be the man to change that. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tebow, who spent one year as a punt protector and backup quarterback with the Jets, will sign a minor league contract with the Mets.

Tebow recently worked out for major league teams as part of his quest to switch from the gridiron to the diamond. Reviews were that Tebow was predictably raw as a player, but that he showed power as a hitter that the Mets are apparently willing to try to harness into something that could help Tebow’s bid for a second life in professional sports.

The plan to develop that power and the rest of his game will likely start with a run in an instructional league this winter before Tebow goes to spring training and then to a minor league team next year. There will likely be some marketing opportunities and perhaps some rain delay entertainment along the way as Tebow tries to counter F. Scott Fitzgerald’s contention about the lack of second acts in American lives.

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67 Responses to “Report: Mets signing Tim Tebow to minor league deal”
  1. smokehouse56 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:55 AM

    Good for Tim.

  2. dolfan72 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:59 AM

    I guess Tim Tebow really does bleed orange and blue!

  3. 6ball says: Sep 8, 2016 8:02 AM

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    Great news…. All future Tebow posts will now be found at pro hardball talk. Our long national nightmare is over.

    If only Manziel, Sam and Kaepernick could pitch. We be rid of the lot of them.
    .

  4. kd75 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:02 AM

    If Tebow can sell 50 thousand tickets all by himself, he is getting a job.

  5. iseek11 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:07 AM

    Of course it’s New York. What a circus.

  6. jerryyouradisgrace says: Sep 8, 2016 8:07 AM

    You go Tim….good luck!

  7. jayhawk6 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:12 AM

    Of course there are marketing opportunities–what bigger stage is there in MLB than a team in NYC?

  8. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 8, 2016 8:14 AM

    OK so now he’s a baseball player. Never let us speak of him on a football site ever again.

  9. mack2x says: Sep 8, 2016 8:15 AM

    Good for him, Hope it works out. Can we move on from Tim Tebow now?

  10. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 8, 2016 8:18 AM

    Absolute joke. Can’t wait for his failure.

  11. streetyson says: Sep 8, 2016 8:18 AM

    And there’s not really a fresh 2nd Act here, it’s just the Mets trying to cash in on Tebow’s minor-celebrity 1st Act status if he can at least hold a bat.

  12. ctiggs says: Sep 8, 2016 8:18 AM

    Why not stay at BSPN and make a lot more money, you will never make the Pros Tim

  13. hellonewman47 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:19 AM

    Is Tebow going to dictate what position he plays on the baseball field also?

  14. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 8, 2016 8:22 AM

    He licks and so do the METS just so they can print up another jersey for sale ! I watched his workouts on the couch and the only thing I could come up with was he looked like a meat head in a baseball uniform ! For being a virgin (which is all bs ) he certainly sells himself like a lady of the night !

  15. whiteknightblackheart says: Sep 8, 2016 8:24 AM

    I heard he has more promise than Sidd Finch.

  16. usedjock says: Sep 8, 2016 8:32 AM

    I really don’t care if a football player who couldn’t make it signed a minor league deal. Good for him I guess. Now bring on some football!!

  17. bigdawgdaddy says: Sep 8, 2016 8:33 AM

    Good, now maybe, hopefully, please, we can stop hearing about this NFL Bust.

  18. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:37 AM

    The headline read …
    “Tebow coming to NY but this time as a baseball player”
    I don’t remember him coming as a football player either …this is no different than the circus coming

  19. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:40 AM

    Good luck Tim!

  20. uglydingo says: Sep 8, 2016 8:42 AM

    Hallelujah! Yet another miracle.

  21. newjerseygiants says: Sep 8, 2016 8:44 AM

    When is Tebow Bobblehead Night?

  22. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 8, 2016 8:46 AM

    A sad day for baseball. What a circus.

  23. 1down2fortheshow says: Sep 8, 2016 8:49 AM

    Newsflash: Mets sell collective professional soul for $9. Their minor league infield can be: Lochte, Tebow, and fill the rest with various Kardashians.

  24. mazenblue says: Sep 8, 2016 8:52 AM

    This guy has mental problems. A very peculiar dude. In his eyes, he cant play QB so wahhhhhhhhh. Im going to minor league baseball, lol wtf. His parents fault. Dude has probably never been put down in his life. Him and Manziel are soo much a like, but different, affluenza

  25. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 8, 2016 8:55 AM

    Revis is speechless
    Tebow is excited
    Emmitt is debacled
    And Bree’s wants an explanation

  26. speicher145 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:55 AM

    Good luck Mr. Tebow. Hopefully you don’t get pushed out of that league, too.

  27. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 8, 2016 8:55 AM

    Good for him…….hes a great athlete …wish him the best……

  28. 69goatboy says: Sep 8, 2016 9:02 AM

    As long as he legitimately deserved a spot, and isn’t taking one from someone better then good for him.
    I don’t see him making it out of the minors though.

  29. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 8, 2016 9:02 AM

    And they still are not sharing players.

  30. internetcommenter7 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:05 AM

    I hear they are contenplating signing the kardashians as well. They aren’t any worse at baseball and they would sell even more tickets.

  31. graylingskies says: Sep 8, 2016 9:18 AM

    New York? Aren’t they in New Jersey?

  32. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 8, 2016 9:27 AM

    Let the circle jerk continue

  33. sameer1138 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    I mean, it’s the Mets…

  34. lukejones says: Sep 8, 2016 9:29 AM

    I suspect he’ll be standing for the National Anthem

  35. rdrs68 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:34 AM

    Will someone call ESPN and tell them this is opening day! This morning on Mike and Mike they kept talking about Tebow on every segment as if there was some corporate edict handed down to talk about the network’s favorite failed wannabe. This is at best a 15 second mention and move on.

  36. Grugenhagen says: Sep 8, 2016 9:34 AM

    bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    Sep 8, 2016 8:55 AM

    Revis is speechless
    Tebow is excited
    Emmitt is debacled
    And Brees wants an explanation
    ________________________________

    You forgot Tiki is flabbergasted.

  37. eddiea25 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:36 AM

    Praying bobble head dolls, great marketing department.

  38. bubba703 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    I thought the Phillies would have been a better fit for Mr. Tebow than the Mets. The Phillies currently have no “prayer” of making the playoffs this season.

  39. mannyiac says: Sep 8, 2016 9:44 AM

    I can see him having a baseball career like Michael Jordan had.

  40. draftazoid says: Sep 8, 2016 9:53 AM

    All State High School Player in Florida.
    He has a chance.

  41. bigmark67 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:57 AM

    All this Tebow hate in the comments here for a guy who has never done anything but try to be a good role model and good person. Good luck Tim, I hope you are successful, the more success you have is a testimony on how you live your life and some people hate that because they don’t measure up to the man you are.

  42. jurere_internacional says: Sep 8, 2016 9:57 AM

    lukejones says:
    Sep 8, 2016 9:29 AM
    I suspect he’ll be standing for the National Anthem

    ==========================

    I suspect he wishes he would have copyrighted the kneeling thing right about now

  43. JSpicoli says: Sep 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    Good luck Tim. Despite the smarmy efforts of the naysayers.

    Hi Mike!

  44. packmanfan says: Sep 8, 2016 10:01 AM

    I just wonder if he hit any home runs off a live pitcher throwing all kinds of pitches in the strike zone.
    Wait and see what he can do in the majors against the pros and then get all excited.
    I got a feeling it’s the same old Tebow attention crap all over again.
    I dunno why the media gives this loser any news at all when there are plenty of other guys who play much better in the minors or even Little League.

  45. itsjillflorio says: Sep 8, 2016 10:19 AM

    Kirk Cousins that is.

  46. maiphatdong says: Sep 8, 2016 10:31 AM

    TEBOW TIME!

  47. fallujahff says: Sep 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    Have you seen the Mets lately? Most of the team is out for the season with injuries.

  48. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 8, 2016 10:45 AM

    packmanfan says:
    Sep 8, 2016 10:01 AM
    I just wonder if he hit any home runs off a live pitcher throwing all kinds of pitches in the strike zone.
    Wait and see what he can do in the majors against the pros and then get all excited.
    I got a feeling it’s the same old Tebow attention crap all over again.
    I dunno why the media gives this loser any news at all when there are plenty of other guys who play much better in the minors or even Little League.

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    You can call Tebow many things but a loser isn’t one of them. He has been a winner throughout his sports career. He won in pee wee, in high school, in college, and he even won in the NFL. How fast do people forget that Tebow beat a #1 defense in the playoffs, set passing records after taking over a 2-4 Denver squad?

  49. charger383 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:48 AM

    next he will try Bassmasters. NASCAR and then play James Bond

  50. reengleman says: Sep 8, 2016 10:50 AM

    From a logical standpoint, why he didn’t simply change positions to remain in the NFL, but then attempts a career in baseball, completely escapes me. He chose a small farm pond, while turning his back on the Pacific Ocean.

    Bob Engleman

  51. immafubared says: Sep 8, 2016 10:58 AM

    Obviously this guy wont go away. Mzybe some young pitcher will bean him and remind him, you gotta duck pal.

  52. idun215 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:29 AM

    First instructional league player to get his own billboard?

  53. gregerss says: Sep 8, 2016 11:34 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 8, 2016 8:18 AM
    Absolute joke. Can’t wait for his failure.
    ————————————————————-
    It takes a sad individual to hope for someone else’s failure. Congrats to you and the clowns that thumb upped your post.

  54. stevejjones says: Sep 8, 2016 11:37 AM

    If MLB ever do legit drug testing Tim all of a sudden has job offers from every team in the league. Would be cool to see him succeed in baseball just like he succeeded as playoff game winning starting QB.

  55. granadafan says: Sep 8, 2016 11:55 AM

    kd75 says:
    Sep 8, 2016 8:02 AM
    If Tebow can sell 50 thousand tickets all by himself, he is getting a job.
    ===============================================

    Well, that’s what he’s become now: a sideshow, a gimmick, a marketing and PR signing. Who cares if he can actually play? Just sell tickets and merchandise.

    I suspect he’ll have a modicum of success against fellow rookie minor leaguers, but when he tries to go up against the next level of players, he’ll look like Pedro Cerrano trying to hit a curve ball. Soon, we’ll see him looking for a chicken to sacrifice to Jobu.

  56. fiddlinred says: Sep 8, 2016 12:00 PM

    UGgg, Im a naysayer I guess because I have never seen him hit. Have you?

  57. saberwolf335 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:02 PM

    This is nothing more than a marketing strategy by the Mets. Guarantee you they expect he’ll never advance, I bet he’s in single A the whole time, “maybe” double A. But during that time he’ll increase ticket sales, probably some jersey and other merchandise sales, and bring increased attention to the Mets. He’ll never come remotely close to sniffing the majors.

  58. baldbuc says: Sep 8, 2016 12:11 PM

    The Mets know this will be big draw come spring training down here in Florida next season. It’s purely a business move. The man will be 30 this time next year. Not the best age to try to start a MLB career.

  59. razzlejag says: Sep 8, 2016 12:15 PM

    How can we miss him if he won’t go away?

    The Tebow apologists are readying their “he didn’t get a fair shot!” mantra for his imminent baseball demise.

    What’s next? Golf!! Tim will seek his PGA Tour Card despite never breaking 80.

  60. yahmule says: Sep 8, 2016 12:20 PM

    Yeah, professional baseball is so easy. Just ask Shaq Thompson. He tried to play rookie ball for the Red Sox. He finished his pro baseball career 0-39 with 37 strikeouts.

    As always, it’s all about marketing with this chump.

  61. jetsfan136 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:39 PM

    fallujahff says:
    Sep 8, 2016 10:33 AM
    Have you seen the Mets lately? Most of the team is out for the season with injuries.

    —–

    Mets are the hottest team in baseball over the last 20 or so games. Obviously it’s you who hasn’t seen them.

    Tied for 2nd WC and a half game out of the first WC.

  62. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 8, 2016 12:42 PM

    9-7 record including playoffs
    a playoff win over the Steelers
    28 total TDs in his 16 career starts alone – including playoffs
    respectable (especially for a young QB) 76.1 rating in his starts
    7.08 yards per attempt
    ———
    46.6% completion rate, but rarely was given easy throws, as evidenced by his ridiculously high 15.2 yards per completion. Threw a ton of low % deep stuff.
    ———
    Kid was chased out of the league. The coach and GM that drafted him were promptly fired, Elway never wanted him, and by that time the media frenzy scared off any other teams. Tebow at least had the talent to be a project or a backup. Unfortunately, no team thought that was worth the intense media attention. Good luck to him on the diamond though. He might not make it to the majors, but I doubt he’ll embarrass himself.

  63. jrob23 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:03 PM

    So much salt from the SJW with their irrational hatred. Love it

  64. drexelvol says: Sep 8, 2016 2:41 PM

    Trying to figure out what in the world this is doing in PFT.

  65. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Sep 8, 2016 3:48 PM

    What position can he play that doesn’t have to throw the ball? The Mets don’t use a DH.

  66. jimeejohnson says: Sep 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    Good luck to Tebow as long as he keeps his religion to himself. Don’t tread on me!

  67. michaele11111 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:56 PM

    draftazoid says:
    Sep 8, 2016 9:53 AM
    All State High School Player in Florida.
    He has a chance.
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    Besides being a good guy, he has a chance at what?

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