Tim Tebow exceeding expectations in high-A ball

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When Tim Tebow got a minor league promotion to the high-A St. Lucie Mets, the move was widely mocked as an attention grab by the Mets organization, putting the former football star in a higher class of baseball than his skills could justify. But so far, Tebow is proving the doubters wrong.

Tebow hit a walk-off home run to win Thursday night’s game and has very respectable numbers so far in St. Lucie, with a .972 OPS, a .327 batting average, 10 RBIs and three home runs. He’s currently on an 11-game hitting streak.

“So many guys played so well tonight,” Tebow said after the game. “I just wanted to try and come through in the end and help win it for our team. I’m just thankful to get that opportunity. It was a lot of fun to celebrate with all the guys. We’ve been working to get a lot better, and I feel like over the last couple of weeks we’ve really been improving as a team, so it feels good.”

Tebow is also, of course, a big success at the box office, where fans are buying up tickets and arriving early to watch him warm up.

Those business considerations may be the reason the Mets signed Tebow in the first place, but it’s hard to argue with his results at the plate. Tebow will turn 30 in a month, and he hadn’t played baseball since he was a teenager. Far from being a laughingstock, as so many thought he would be, Tebow is turning into an impressive minor leaguer.

56 responses to “Tim Tebow exceeding expectations in high-A ball

  1. … and… Tebow is a better baseball player than Carson Wentz.

    I’ll give it to Carson on graduating with a 4.00 GPA compared to Tebow’s 3.66 GPA… but… Tebow went to a BIG SCHOOL and got a degree in Family/Youth/Community Sciences (while Wentz got a phys. ed. degree at a community college).

  2. Credit where credit is due. 327 with 3 homers and an 11 game hitting streak playing professional level baseball is impressive, and hasn’t even picked up a bat since HS. I stand corrected that’s for sure.

  3. lesterclan says:
    Jul 14, 2017 11:56 AM
    The only ones surprised by this are the haters…

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    What a galactically stupid comment. 99.9999999% of humans on this planet cannot just pick up a bat and hang with professional baseball players, I don’t care what kind of athlete you are. It is not irrational to believe that he would not succeed. He is an outlier. In any event, he is playing admirably so good for him.

  4. If you’ve got Jesus in your corner, nothing is stopping you. The devil can try but he will not succeed. Better believe it.

  5. Tim Tebow is 3:16

    316 Yards
    31.6 Yards per Completion

    Almost as many Playoff wins in Denver than Peyton Manning.

    1 Playoff win away from matching Tony Roma’s Playoff win record.

  6. bullcharger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:15 PM
    So what this article is saying is that every single MLB player is better than Tebow or he would be playing there.

    —————

    I will revise my comment… Every single player in MLB, triple A and double A are better than Tebow.

  7. Doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. The dude is a top-flight athlete who has experience playing baseball. Just a matter of time before he started to pick things up.

  8. If you’ve got Jesus in your corner, nothing is stopping you. The devil can try but he will not succeed. Better believe it.
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    Just fyi….there really isn’t a red guy with a pointy tail and a pitch fork living in the center of the planet ready to burn you alive if you step out of line. That’s just a control mechanism to manage the the ignorant masses. Guess it’s worked.

  9. Solid person. Our society needs more Tebows. Kudos to his parents. He will always exceed expectations.

  10. “Far from being a laughingstock, as so many thought he would be”

    – – – the people that thought THAT, also thought Trump wouldn’t win either !

  11. Much to the dismay of the media who get their jolly’s off mocking him. IF, and this is a big IF, he makes it to the big leagues and is successful then I’m sure we’ll start seeing analysts and commentators bring up old footage of when he failed in the NFL. Even though he has a winning record as a starter and a playoff win, but you know, those only matter based off how the media want’s to build their narrative on a QB.

  12. I’m shocked that a 6’4, 255 lb stud athlete can hit a ball far! All the anti-Tim baseball purists told us that that game we all played as kids was impossible for him to do at his decrepit age of “29” and that hitting a fast ball is the “hardest thing in sports”. The notion that bipedal primates like us have the instinctual ability to use our eyes to track an object then hit is with a branch is complete balderdash! Another round to Tebow against his detractors who ultimately just don’t like that he’s got better character than them.

  13. nhpats says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:11 PM
    Tebow still has more postseason wins than Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, …..you get the idea….
    ——
    And yet not only are all those QBs starters but none of their teams would EVER consider trading them for Tebow. Heck, none of their teams would consider having Tebow back up those QBs. Using QB wins to argue or make a point in a sport where the QB is 1 of 11 players on the offense and he doesn’t play either defense of special teams is beyond silly.

  14. Tell me you wouldn’t want your son to turn out like Tim…impeccable character …..stud athlete ….never give up on your dream attitude ….they broke the mold after he arrived

  15. Surprised that no one has pointed out that High A ball is comprised of mostly 19 and 20 year old athletes. The great majority of whom haven1t reached the physical maturity of Tim Tebow. Not hating, just stating the facts.

  16. The Media once again does not do their research on a story. Tebow played in a highly comparative baseball division in High School. Players like Sale, McCutchen, Matt Joyce, Trey Mancini have played in it. He was hoborable mention for all state in baseball in Florida. This was and is not Michael Jordan, Tracey McGrady etc etc

  17. 6thsense10 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:46 PM
    nhpats says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:11 PM
    Tebow still has more postseason wins than Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, …..you get the idea….
    ——
    And yet not only are all those QBs starters but none of their teams would EVER consider trading them for Tebow. Heck, none of their teams would consider having Tebow back up those QBs. Using QB wins to argue or make a point in a sport where the QB is 1 of 11 players on the offense and he doesn’t play either defense of special teams is beyond silly.

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    Tebow is a winner. If this teams actually wanted to win, the might actually consider Tebow. Sadly those teams have actually become accustomed to losing.

    Now would I consider starting Tebow over Derek Carr? No. Would I consider him over Andy Dalton? Yes.

  18. That’s pretty cool. Good for him. Tebow is also a very underrated college football commentator. Always prepared and obviously does his homework.

  19. The guy has played well for 11 games and some of you want him in the majors. He was terrible the previous 70 games why not wait a little bit before some of you start running your mouths about how great he is.
    And for the record football is a team sport and Denver won because of their defense when Tebow was there! Some of you are delusional!

  20. Think of how much money the NFL owners left on the table in tv ratings and merchandising when they blackballed Tebow for his proselytizing biblical Christianity!

  21. Definitely eating my words for how well he’s doing. Good for him.

    That said, his manager better not try to change his position, he may jump to the PGA. Guy did not love playing football, he only loved playing QB. He could have been a good tight end.

  22. crappygovernment says:
    Jul 14, 2017 1:41 PM

    Think of how much money the NFL owners left on the table in tv ratings and merchandising when they blackballed Tebow for his proselytizing biblical Christianity!

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    haha yea, he was “blackballed” for not being good enough at QB and being too prideful to change positions. He’d likely still be in the NFL if he switched to TE

  23. In their first 16,
    Derek Carr threw 21 TDs in 599 attempts 12 Ints
    Tebow threw 19 TDs in 374 attempts 9 Ints
    Tebow also scored 15 times rushing. Carr 0
    We haven’t seen Tebow’s 2nd season yet, because the NFL is afraid of him on and off the field.

  24. david1800 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:01 PM
    In their first 16,
    Derek Carr threw 21 TDs in 599 attempts 12 Ints
    Tebow threw 19 TDs in 374 attempts 9 Ints
    Tebow also scored 15 times rushing. Carr 0
    We haven’t seen Tebow’s 2nd season yet, because the NFL is afraid of him on and off the field.

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    Wow…..pretty sobering statistics there.

  25. bullcharger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:20 PM

    I will revise my comment… Every single player in MLB, triple A and double A are better than Tebow.
    __________________________________

    So you’re saying it’s not impressive that a guy that hasn’t played baseball in 10+ years would rank as one of the best 3,000-4,000 players in the world? I know you think your comment is clever, but I’m pretty sure that’s something Tebow can say that 99.99994% of world’s population can’t.

  26. He would probably be a conscientious objector. Wants to be free to pursue football baseball basketball and religious freedom but doesn’t want to pay for it

  27. I’m probably the biggest Tebow hater there is but damn, this is flat out impressive. It can’t be argued or denied. Kudos, Tim, for making me eat my words. Keep it up!

  28. damcmp says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:25 PM
    He would probably be a conscientious objector. Wants to be free to pursue football baseball basketball and religious freedom but doesn’t want to pay for it

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    Watch the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” and get back to us

  29. david1800 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:01 PM
    In their first 16,
    Derek Carr threw 21 TDs in 599 attempts 12 Ints
    Tebow threw 19 TDs in 374 attempts 9 Ints
    Tebow also scored 15 times rushing. Carr 0
    We haven’t seen Tebow’s 2nd season yet, because the NFL is afraid of him on and off the field.

    ——-

    Oh come on now. Please post the rest of their stats. I beg of you. And I’m sorry but if you actually watch them play, you can easily tell Tebow is nowhere near as talented a QB as Derek Carr. Nobody is “afraid” of Tebow, people need to get over that. If he were good enough he’d still be playing, plain and simple. As an NFL QB, he’s not. It’s incredibly obvious if you watch with an unbiased eye

  30. nhpats says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:11 PM
    Tebow still has more postseason wins than Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, …..you get the idea….

    ——-

    Did Tebow ever play for teams like the 2011 Bengals, Titans, Jaguars or Raiders? You get the idea…

  31. Tebow’s 34 scores in his first 15.5 games and 13 plays and 549 touches would rank 4th for scores
    by a QB in 2016 and 3rd for scores per touch. He would rank 9th for TDs per pass attempt. Tebow is
    the fastest scoring first time starter in NFL history. Name another that scored more often per
    touch in their first 16 games.

    These are the top scoring quarterbacks in 2016. Tebow’s first 549 touches in his first 15.5 games

    and 13 plays would rank 3rd for scores per touch.

    Matt Ryan 38 scores in 569 touches or every 15.0 touches
    Aaron Rodgers 44 scores in 667 touches or every 15.4 touches
    Tim Tebow 34 scores in 549 touches or every 16.1 touches
    Tom Brady 28 scores in 460 touches or every 16.4 touches
    Drew Brees 39 scores in 696 touches or every 17.8 touches
    Philip Rivers 33 scores in 592 touches or every 17.9 touches
    Andrew Luck 33 scores in 609 touches or every 18.4 touches

  32. He would probably be a conscientious objector. Wants to be free to pursue football baseball basketball and religious freedom but doesn’t want to pay for it
    ====

    Being religious, I’m sure he is a conscientious objector.

    Being religious, that probably has everything to do with teh Bible’s view of taking lives (Matthew 26:52) as opposed to the pursuit of his personal interests.

    Thanks for trolling though.

    Maybe bring some substance next time.

  33. Never ceases to surprise me how we can eliminate a body of work over a minor league success. Doesn’t change his body of work over what, 4 NFL seasons? He sucks, and he will likely not be very good in the actual majors.

    And for the stat about touches per score that isn’t even a stat, and it isn’t a stat without context. If you really want Tebow as your QB, I would gladly give him to you. No one else does, especially over those people you listed. BB doesn’t make many mistakes. He passed on Tebow.

  34. People who want to cite Tebow’s TD/INT ratio need to also consider that he led he league in fumbles in his one year as a starter, and completed less than 50% of his passes. He wasn’t getting picked off because he was so inaccurate that he missed everyone, receivers and defenders.

  35. bullcharger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:20 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:15 PM
    So what this article is saying is that every single MLB player is better than Tebow or he would be playing there.

    —————

    I will revise my comment… Every single player in MLB, triple A and double A are better than Tebow.

    _______________________
    And you obviously have no clue how the system works. There are plenty of guys in the minors that are better than some major leaguers but aren’t ready for the call up yet and would be better served staying in the lower level getting playing time rather than sitting the bench at the higher level.

  36. I am one of those guys who has liked Tebow from the very start. I am NOT religious but I am spiritual and not only believe in god, I KNOW there is a God. the problem arises with anthropomorphism and how far too many of us project God as being a bigger version of ourselves with all the same petty prejudices and character flaws.

    I LOVE seeing someone believe in something greater than themselves and in themselves as well. I suspect (grin) that he is really going to do well at this and remember, he keeps learning and adapting.

    You have my full support Tim; dream big… concentrate, focus and make the doubters eat their words.

  37. david1800 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:50 PM

    Tebow’s 34 scores in his first 15.5 games and 13 plays and 549 touches would rank 4th for scores
    by a QB in 2016 and 3rd for scores per touch. He would rank 9th for TDs per pass attempt. Tebow is
    the fastest scoring first time starter in NFL history. Name another that scored more often per
    touch in their first 16 games.

    These are the top scoring quarterbacks in 2016. Tebow’s first 549 touches in his first 15.5 games

    and 13 plays would rank 3rd for scores per touch.

    Matt Ryan 38 scores in 569 touches or every 15.0 touches
    Aaron Rodgers 44 scores in 667 touches or every 15.4 touches
    Tim Tebow 34 scores in 549 touches or every 16.1 touches
    Tom Brady 28 scores in 460 touches or every 16.4 touches
    Drew Brees 39 scores in 696 touches or every 17.8 touches
    Philip Rivers 33 scores in 592 touches or every 17.9 touches
    Andrew Luck 33 scores in 609 touches or every 18.4 touches
    —————————

    All that shows is that stats are completely meaningless.

  38. jm91rs says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:15 PM
    bullcharger says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:20 PM
    I will revise my comment… Every single player in MLB, triple A and double A are better than Tebow.
    __________________________________
    So you’re saying it’s not impressive that a guy that hasn’t played baseball in 10+ years would rank as one of the best 3,000-4,000 players in the world? I know you think your comment is clever, but I’m pretty sure that’s something Tebow can say that 99.99994% of world’s population can’t.

    ————

    I knew 4 different guys that made double A ball. Not that impressive. Playoff win in the NFL. That’s impressive. He could have been a great fullback at the NFL level and had a long career.

  39. I know guys who lead Div 1 conferences in hitting who couldn’t make it past Rookie Ball. So, I think anyone who has any success even at A-level is a heck of a ball player. Congrats to him.

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