Keith Law apparently didn’t get the memo.
At a time when ESPN has worked hard to build up the baseball chops of football-player-turned-ESPN-employee-turned-would-be-baseball-player Tim Tebow, one ESPN employee who specializes in assessing baseball talent has courageously pointed out that Tebow has none.
ESPN senior writer Keith Law has penned a scathing assessment of Tebow for ESPN’s paywall-protected “Insider” site. (Unlike PFT, the folks at Barstool Sports aren’t too cheap to purchase access. Or, unlike PFT, the folks at Barstool Sports haven’t forgotten the password they “borrowed” from a friend.)
“Tim Tebow is in the Arizona Fall League,” Law writes. “He might be better suited to playing in an Arizona high school league. His presence here is a farce, and he looks like an imposter pretending to have talent he does not possess.”
“Tebow the baseball player is not a baseball player; he’s a washed-up quarterback who has size and nothing else,” Law explains. “His swing is long, and he wields the bat like someone who hasn’t played the sport in more than a decade, which he hasn’t. He can’t catch up to 90 mph, which is well below the major league average for a fastball, and was cutting through fastballs in the zone on Wednesday night. He rolled over twice on fastballs, which is something you generally see professional hitters do only on off-speed stuff, and he showed below-average running speed. In left field, his routes look like those of a wide receiver, although he managed to eventually make his way around to a fly ball in left.
“In short, there’s absolutely no baseball justification for Tebow to be here.”
There’s no baseball justification, but there’s plenty of business justification. Tebow is selling merchandise, representing his new apparel partner (Adidas), and creating buzz for the Arizona Fall League.
Of course, he’s also occupying a roster spot that otherwise would be filled by someone with actual talent and potential. Which isn’t nearly as sad as the spectacle of a grown man who doesn’t have it and never will going through the motions of chasing an unreachable dream at a time when anyone else who gets it knows he has no chance of getting there.
Unless, that is, the same business considerations that got Tebow to the Arizona Fall League will continue to push him through the baseball pipeline, artificially elevating his status in the name of making money.