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Mets G.M. on Tim Tebow: “We recognize this is not a usual circumstance”

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The traditional stats might not seem to merit a promotion, but the Mets are seeing things in Tim Tebow to justify moving him up a level in their minor league system.

Despite hitting .220 for the  low-A Columbia Fireflies, the Mets promoted him to high-A St. Lucie yesterday.

“His on-base, his isolated power, his swing, exit velocity. A lot of different things have been much better in the last 15 games or something like that,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said, via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “On the other hand, we recognize this is not a usual circumstance, but we just felt, everything involved, it was about the right time for him to move to high-A ball.”

Tebow has 23 RBI and three home runs, but he’s also second on the team with 14 doubles. He strikes out a lot (69 times in 214 at bats), and he’s also 29 years old.

“I think we’re pleased with the first half of the season. It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at, chase rates, exit velocities and other things,” Alderson said. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving. . . .

“There was a chance he would completely bomb in spring training, that didn’t happen. His performance there justified assignment to a full-season club. He went to Columbia. I wouldn’t say he’s excelled there, but I would say what he’s done there, given all the circumstances, justifies the promotion to St. Lucie.”

That’s just about the definition of damning with faint praise, but Tebow has continued to work on his second sport, and get high marks for his intangibles. That’s always been the case, regardless of sport.

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19 Responses to “Mets G.M. on Tim Tebow: “We recognize this is not a usual circumstance””
  1. Indybear says: Jun 26, 2017 7:45 AM

    I’m wondering if we can get a complete rundown of what every washed up/washed out NFL QB is doing these days. Tebow’s 15 minutes ended hours ago.

  2. mannyiac says: Jun 26, 2017 7:51 AM

    Well,at least he draws a crowd to the park.

  3. ubb44 says: Jun 26, 2017 7:59 AM

    Tebow was blackballed every bit as much as Kaepernick. Tebow went and pursued another dream. Kaepernick just continues to be a pock mark

  4. cuda1234 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:02 AM

    Translation – His fans are completely nuts. Let’s send him back to Florida and put him in a bigger park so we can sell more tickets!

  5. tonyzendejas says: Jun 26, 2017 8:24 AM

    If Tim Tebow was “blackballed”, then I am the Prince of Persia.

  6. buckybadger says: Jun 26, 2017 8:28 AM

    ubb44 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 7:59 AM
    Tebow was blackballed every bit as much as Kaepernick. Tebow went and pursued another dream. Kaepernick just continues to be a pock mark

    ———————-

    You have no clue. Tebow was given every opportunity to fail and brought into several camps despite not being able to throw the ball.

  7. buckybadger says: Jun 26, 2017 8:29 AM

    He isn’t a football story anymore Florio, he is a circus show.

  8. patriots87 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:34 AM

    i really don’t get why these articles keep getting tagged as pats articles. we don’t care..

  9. TheDPR says: Jun 26, 2017 8:41 AM

    With the slightly improved competition he’ll either be pushed to get better or he’ll become overwhelmed and go from mediocre/poor to horrible.

  10. nhpats says: Jun 26, 2017 9:00 AM

    Tebow has more playoff wins than Andy Dalton or Derek Carr

  11. dilbio50 says: Jun 26, 2017 9:01 AM

    He’s a bum…nothing to see here…move along…move along…

  12. electricboogalo says: Jun 26, 2017 9:20 AM

    He’s promoting to a High-A tool.

  13. weepingjebus says: Jun 26, 2017 9:53 AM

    One guy gets criticized by media for playing baseball, another guy gets praised for kneeling during anthem and wearing cop pigs socks. Hint: this is why Trump won.

  14. 6thsense10 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:18 AM

    Hitting .233 and striking out 69 times in 214 at bats is HORRIBLE. What makes it worse is he was hitting like that in the lowest minor league division. Below A ball. Like most athletes trying to jump into pro baseball after a years long hiatus he looks absolutely loss against breaking balls….and I remind people this is against sub A ball pitching. Pitchers that will be lucky to make it to AAA.

    If Tebow was an 18 year old rookie phenom hitting like this I MIGHT understand this move. I would still disagree with it but I would understand giving an 18 year old more chances to grow…..but Tebow is a 29 year old. Most 29 year old minor leaguers don’t get promoted with numbers like that. In fact there’s usually a coach or someone pulling them aside and starting the “It’s time to start thinking about your future” talk.

  15. yankees2009 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:35 AM

    Am I the only person who doesn’t care at all about Tebow’s religion, how pretty he is or how “nice” he is?

    As a sports fan, I see him for what he is: a very subpar pro athlete. That’s what really matters and why us “haters” can’t stand the Tebow cultural phenomenon. There are thousands of young athletes out there who are just as “nice”, just a religious but are far more talented. And you never hear a thing about them. What makes Tebow so special?

    Religious nuts and teeny boppers are the only reason Tebow has achieved the level of fame he has. And that is just pathetic.

  16. zeke2517 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:57 AM

    Jesus freaks buy hot dogs too.

  17. zeke2517 says: Jun 26, 2017 11:03 AM

    “One guy gets criticized by media for playing baseball, another guy gets praised for kneeling during anthem and wearing cop pigs socks. Hint: this is why Trump won.”

    If we’re going to delve into unrelated topics, isn’t it true that cops need to stop shooting unarmed black people? And if they do, shouldn’t they get in just a little bit of trouble?

  18. satchseven says: Jun 30, 2017 1:53 AM

    One guy gets criticized by media for playing baseball, another guy gets praised for kneeling during anthem and wearing cop pigs socks. Hint: this is why Trump won

    trump won because the usa is full of racists ,folks who refuse to think and a slavery days system called the electoral college

  19. buzzlightner says: Jul 2, 2017 10:46 AM

    did u mean he draws a crowd and high a tickets sell for 5 bucks more then low a

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