Mets G.M.: Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

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Six years after a hot-potato trade from the Broncos to the Jets killed the football version of Tebowmania, Tim Tebow is trying to get to the highest rungs of another sport. He has made it to the New York Mets’ major-league training camp, and G.M. Sandy Alderson believes it’s a matter of time before he ends up on a major-league roster.

But time is the key; Tebow is 30. Alderson thinks that, is Tebow is ever going to develop to the point where he’s ready for the big leagues, he needs to be in a big-league environment.

“This experiment, if you will, is not gonna last forever,” Alderson said, via SNY. “But he’s made meaningful progress. We thought he would best benefit from being in major-league camp, that that would accelerate his development, rather than falling back on protocol. So I’m very comfortable that he’s here. He’s gonna be a great addition over the next six weeks. Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major-league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess, that’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.”

The expectation isn’t simply that Tebow will earn his keep through baseball skills, but through what he can do to help the team do justice to its main reason for existence: To persuade people to part with their money and/or their time to attend and/or to watch Mets games.

“I think he’s great for the team,” Alderson said. “I think he’s great for baseball. He was phenomenal for minor-league baseball last year. And the notion that he should have been excluded from the game because he’s not coming through the traditional sources I think is crazy. This is entertainment. And he quietly entertains us.”

At least someone is finally admitting it. If he was any other 30-year-old prospect who rediscovered baseball a decade after being a very-good-but-not-stellar high-school player, the experiment wouldn’t have made it to the first test tube. But he brings a name and a following and a presence, and the teams that employ him have benefited from this financially.

So that’s ultimately the challenge. If the Mets can sharpen Tebow’s skills to the point where he can approach the Mendoza line and/or not have fly balls bounce off his head (then again, that’s hardly a disqualifier), the Mets can sit back and listen to the sweet sound of a cash register ringing, over and over again.

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45 responses to “Mets G.M.: Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

  1. Well, he’s certainly earned his shot on a major league roster. After all, he’s been crushing the ball at, what, about .220?

  2. LOL, look at all the haters come out of their Mom’s basement! The guy is a draw, pure and simple! Baseball’s a business, not a non-profit! He puts butts in seats, and that is ALL that matters!

  3. Sure, when the Mets are 25+ games out when rosters expand he will play in the majors. How else will you get anyone to go watch the Mets?

  4. He could barely hit the ball in the single A division. How’s he going to hit a major league pitch?

  5. Tebow is not a fan draw. No one is going to come to a Mets game to see Tebow.
    Lets say an extra 10,000 fans in total, spread out over 162 games come out to see him.
    What does that get you?
    As opposed to the resentment in the dug out that a patently unqualified person is on the roster.

  6. Everyone gets so upset that he gets so many chances, but that’s not his fault. All he has done is work hard and be a great role model, which makes people spend money to see him. Of course, it’s about money for the Mets, but it’s not like he’s demanding a huge salary because of his popularity. He just wants to play a game he loves and because people like him and he’s at least moderately talented, he gets the chance to. Once this phase of his life is done, he will probably be a very high-paid announcer and people will complain about that, too. Maybe the lesson here should be if you are a good role model and work hard at what you want to do, you will get opportunities.

  7. Tebow has definitely succeeded at anything he’s ever been given an opportunity to be involved in. Why would anyone doubt him now? You might hate him or be envious. I completely understand jealousy. You might not like him because he’s a Christian. I understand. You might not want him around because he’s got such a huge following, and that’s a distraction. OK. I guess I’ll even buy that too. Maybe he’s too perfect, and that makes us uncomfortable when we look in the mirror. I guess the only thing I don’t quite understand is the anti-Christian thing. I was under the impression we lived in a predominantly Christian nation. I mean the guy is better than half the NFL starting QB’s and he’s forced to take up baseball. I can’t wait to see the Tim Tebow movie when it comes out. You can bet that will be a success too.

  8. what about just bringing him at “tebow time” late innings with game on the line? he played better in the clutch for the bronkhos than manning.

  9. TT will always be a success. He believes in himself and the trainers/managers.

    Btw Jordan couldn’t hit a curve ball with an ironing board.

  10. jaxjeff says:
    February 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    TT will always be a success. He believes in himself and the trainers/managers.

    Btw Jordan couldn’t hit a curve ball with an ironing board.

    ………..and that’s the point. Jordan never sniffed the majors. If Tebow does, it won’t be because he believed in himself, it will be because someone else believed he could make them money.

  11. Has a player ever been promoted to the majors with worse minor league stats than Tebow?
    Will he hit .200? I doubt it.

    He’s not earned it, and should be booed.

    For those who say he’s worked hard, there are literally tens of thousands of people who have worked hard to succeed in sports.
    I don’t care if he works hard, I care about results.

  12. waldoampere says:
    February 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    Considering the way he threw a football he’s got to be traded to the American League so he can be a DH.

    ————

    And yet he took Denver to the playoffs and beat the Steelers in the postseason

  13. indiapalealeblog says:
    February 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    Tebow is not a fan draw. No one is going to come to a Mets game to see Tebow.
    Lets say an extra 10,000 fans in total, spread out over 162 games come out to see him.
    What does that get you?
    As opposed to the resentment in the dug out that a patently unqualified person is on the roster.
    ——

    The only thing Tebow is is a fan draw. Which is why he is going to take an MLB roster spot from some kid who has been busting his rear for years despite not even having AAA talent.

  14. nhpats – it’s amazing how people like you can claim to be fans of the game yet see absolutely nothing on the field other than a quarterback. Tebow didn’t “take” them anywhere. He didn’t beat the Steelers, he just completed a wide open 10 yard slant which the receiver ran downfield untouched because of a badly blown coverage by the Steelers. He had his 15 min which is more than his level of talent deserved.

  15. Not a Tebow hater, but I am a hater of Tebow fanboys. I’ve never seen so much adulation for a guy whose game simply doesn’t translate to the big leagues in either sport. I know, he had that that year where the Broncos defense carried the team. Oh, and there was that game against the Vikings when he beat their awful secondary for a bunch of yards. Look, if any NFL GM thought he was good enough to win games then he’d still be in the league. They do not and, quite frankly, they know better than you do.

  16. He’s NOT going to make it to the majors. Batting under .230 in single A, yes I said single A, is terrible. At 30 years old and averaging less than a hit per game at the rookie level is not someone that will make it to the majors. Royce Lewis, last years #1 pick who is 12 years younger at only 18, batted .279 total (.298 in single A) and just over a hit per game. Not knocking on him for trying, but the most this is ever going to do is increase ticket sales for whichever team he plays for.

  17. The Mets have been selling Tebow jerseys since he started in the minor leagues

    Not minor league jerseys

    Mets jersey

    This has been a profit center since day one

    Disclaimer: I have nothing against the guy

  18. Baseball is becoming more bottom line oriented. My Braves flat out said they hope to be competitive in 3 or 4 years as they were selling/trading their best players. If Tebow can make them some cash they will put him on the team for a while.

  19. nhpats says:
    February 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    waldoampere says:
    February 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    Considering the way he threw a football he’s got to be traded to the American League so he can be a DH.

    ————

    And yet he took Denver to the playoffs and beat the Steelers in the postseason

    ……….good point. Let’s put him and all the other QBs in history with one career playoff victory directly into the Hall of Fame.

  20. The notion that a 6’3, 255 lb stud athlete could ever possibly hit a ball will a stick is insane, especially at the decrepit body breaking down over the hill age of 30. Hitting things with a stick is the hardest thing in sports. Don’t be fooled that six year olds can play the game. Baseball is really really hard. Scientists don’t even know how we can do it.

  21. If his ability to play the game is not important, why is his age? I see no reason he can’t ride the bench until he’s riding Social Security. Tebow fans won’t care, and to the rest of us, this is already 100% ridiculous.

  22. “I think he’s great for the team,” Alderson said. “I think he’s great for baseball.

    Translation: Tebow was great for selling jerseys and tickets to the celebrity worshipers and fanboys. In short, Tebow has been reduced to a carnival side show to sell tickets and merchandise

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