Tim Tebow struggling at Triple-A

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When Tim Tebow announced that he would play minor league baseball, most people thought it was somewhere between a joke and a publicity stunt: The 31-year-old Tebow hadn’t played since high school. It just wasn’t realistic to think he could amount to anything after so much time off.

But Tebow, to an extent, proved the doubters wrong. Although he was far from the best player in Double-A baseball last year, he was at least respectable, and looked like a legitimate baseball player. This was no publicity stunt.

Unfortunately, Tebow has moved up to Triple-A this year, and the early returns are ugly.

The stats for the Syracuse Mets, Tebow’s team, tell the story. He’s last on the team with a .120 batting average, last with a .185 on-base percentage and last with a .200 slugging percentage. He has struck out a team-high 10 times and hasn’t hit a home run.

He’s still learning how to hit some of this pitching,” Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco told ESPN. “I mean, these guys are throwing 97, 98 miles per hour. They’re spinning the baseball. He’s making some adjustments.”

A 31-year-old minor leaguer who’s “still learning” wouldn’t last if he weren’t Tim Tebow, so there’s no doubt that the Mets organization is giving him a longer leash than it would most players. But he’s going to have to learn soon, or else his hopes of making it to the majors will go from slim to none.

55 responses to “Tim Tebow struggling at Triple-A

  1. Most players who come into triple A are still learning other wise they would be in the pros. There are also many older player in the minors and many stories of older players finally being called up.

  2. To this day, I’m sad that Tim Tebow’s not playing football in the NFL. He was a lot of fun to watch in Denver’s 2011 playoff year. Shame on the Jets for not playing him in 2012, possible crazy machinations notwithstanding. I’m guessing that had he been Tim Taylor from South Dakota State instead of storied Tim Tebow from the University of Florida, he’d still be playing football.

  3. C’mon – he wasn’t taken on at AAA for any ability at all, it was just he was a well known name.

  4. I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him. It was obvious to everyone that he didn’t have the skills, but that’s not his fault. He gave it his best shot with all that he had. Sure, maybe he should tried TE, but that’s his call, and maybe he didn’t have the hands.

    Baseball is a tough sport. Anyone who thinks it’s soft and easy has never had to stand at the plate, and try figuring out whether it’s a fastball coming at your head, or a breaking pitch. You can be a star at one level of the minors, even AAA, and never make it to the big leagues. The talents at one level simply don’t transfer to a higher level, which is why the MLB draft is even less accurate than the NFL draft. You never know, he might make it. It’s a game of skill, and just maybe he’ll make the adjustments and adapt at AAA.

    I don’t think he’ll ever do better than having a cup of coffee at the big club, but at least he’s trying, rather than living a life of regret, and making excuses that he’s too old.

  5. There’s been numerous honest articles in circulation about how Tebow sort of fit into AA, and doubted there was any chance he had a shot in the majors.

    Only the Ideological want to Believe he’s something (and somebody) he’s not.

  6. Pride (like insisting only qb is good enough for you)
    used to be a sin. Some TT boosters have adjusted,
    to fit 2019…

  7. I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him

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    Actually, im not trying to be that guy, but it wasnt Elway who drafted Tim. It was my current OC/then Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.

  8. This isn’t a knock on Tebow but let’s be honest. The only reason he’s in AAA right now is because of his name. He’s not a real major-league prospect. On the bright side, he’s been more successful than Jordan was so there is that. However, as the writer said, if his name weren’t Tim Tebow this wouldn’t even be a story.

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why the Mets are doing this except to get publicity. He’s probably never going contribute for the Mets and the time and energy they are spending on him could be spent on another prospect who has the potential to help them in the future. I just don’t understand it.

    Cue all the Tebow worshippers who are insulted that someone wouldn’t bow down and kiss his feet. Again, I’m not saying anything bad about Tebow. I just think this was destined to end badly. You Tebow lovers really need to get a life.

  9. oxycode30 says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    Why isn’t Jesus helping more
    +++++++++++++
    He’s too busy wasting his time saving peoples lives from overdosing on painkillers.

  10. I almost feel bad for this guy. I’m not a fan and I think his fans are generally kind of loony, and part of that lunacy entails the high-levels of belief and expectation they put in him. There’s no shame in being a AA baseball player or a replacement-level pro QB. But when your goofy fans and the media keep trying to pump you up beyond your ability it has to be exhausting. Then again, some people eat that stuff up and believe their own hype. I don’t really get that vibe from Tebow though.

  11. just like everything these days anytime Tebow comes up you can tell what side of the political divide the person is on by how they talk about him. politics seeps into everything….so exhausting. not everyone is part of a “cult” and thinks he deserves anything or thinks he’s being unfairly treated. some of us just respect how he goes about his life. is that not ok?

  12. Tebow has impressed me beyond all reason in baseball. Sure he got the opportunity by name recognition, but most people with his baseball background look foolish in the minors. People forget minor leaguers are professional baseball players and there is a far larger gap in quality of play from high school to the minors than high school to college at the AA and AAA level. That he hasn’t totally embarrassed himself is incredible and he should be commended for how he’s done. I can’t stand the Tebow story, but he’s earned some level of recognition for making it as far as he did.

  13. zonkerharris213 says:

    April 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him

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    Drafted by Josh McDaniels

  14. Triple A is more of a holding spot for fringe MLB players. Needless to say it is pretty hard to hit a AAA pitcher unless you are an MLB caliber player. I dont believe Tebow hit well at AA, so seeing I could see a AAA pitcher, who has likely seen time at the majors, having an easy time making him look terrible.

  15. phinland says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    Everyone likes to talk crap about Tebow but he’s won more playoff games than Matt Stafford, Kirk Cousins & Andrew Luck combined.

    So you talk about a couple of QBs that aren’t very good, maybe three if one considers injuries. He has also won more than I have. Sooo?

  16. Don’t understand all the hate. I believe Tebow is a good guy who has done many good deeds in his life. It’s his life, if he wants to try to be a MLB player that’s up to him. If he fails then he can at least say he tried.

  17. Tebow has never once looked like a legit prospect. No power, too many Ks, too few BBs. Clearly doesn’t have the bat speed to catch up to decent velocity. He’s a disaster in the field.

    He is not embarrassing, but he’s not an actual prospect. If his name wasn’t Tim Tebow, he would have been cut a long time ago instead of being steadily promoted.

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    phinland says:

    April 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Everyone likes to talk crap about Tebow but he’s won more playoff games than Matt Stafford, Kirk Cousins & Andrew Luck combined

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    Andrew Luck has won multiple playoff games.

  19. Andrew Luck has won more playoff games than Tebow,Cousins, Stafford, Cutler combined. Get a clue

  20. “Everyone likes to talk crap about Tebow but he’s won more playoff games than Matt Stafford, Kirk Cousins & Andrew Luck combined.”

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    But not as many as Mark Sanchez… So…

  21. 271 AB’s, 36 rbi, 22 BB’s, 103 K’s (84 games). He struck out 38% of the time in Double A ball. You can say it “isn’t a publicity stunt” if you’d like. And, if you must be kind, you could classify it as a way to sell tickets. But in no way, shape, or form can you say he is anything above a Double A ball player. And Single A is probably more accurate (where he hit .226 and struck out 126 times in 126 games).

  22. oxycode30 says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Why isn’t Jesus helping more?
    ___________________
    He is an incredible human being, has had success professionally in two sports, is beloved, has millions in the bank, and can get any million-dollar-plus broadcasting job he wants after he stops playing, so, yea, Jesus has already helped him a lot, but your snark and jealousy are noted.

  23. I do not understand all the negative comments on Tim Tebow. University graduate. Upstanding member of the community. Moral person. I believe he was a better qb than given credit for. At the least he was a starter for a major college, was a starter for an nfl team. The best,of course not but way better than most. Now able to play professional baseball. And it has been a few years since he played high school baseball. Obviously he is not Trout. But again way better than most. I believe he is criticized because he stands firm in his faith. Probably more beneficial than headlines on the multitude of criminal issues with some other athletes.

  24. He is an incredible human being, has had success professionally in two sports, is beloved, has millions in the bank, and can get any million-dollar-plus broadcasting job he wants after he stops playing, so, yea, Jesus has already helped him a lot

    I wasn’t aware that Jesus promised to make people rich and the target of worldly adulation. If anything, he said the exact opposite.

    Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria, but at least Tebow’s checking account has gotten fat.

  25. navyvandal says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:25 pm

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    Actually, im not trying to be that guy, but it wasnt Elway who drafted Tim. It was my current OC/then Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.
    bcsublime says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    zonkerharris213 says:

    April 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him

    ___________

    Drafted by Josh McDaniels

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    I must have mussed the time that Josh McDaniels was the Broncos GM.

  26. Don’t feel bad for Tebow. Feel happy for the Syracuse Mets who are probably filling up their stadium, selling lots of jerseys and raking in the money while Tebow is there.

  27. He struggled early last year in AA and I thought that would be the end of him. He rallied very well to end the year. I thought he should have started the year in AA with the idea to move him up mid year. It is only April, anyone in baseball knows you don’t look at averages now.

  28. Zeke 2517 says: Everyone likes to talk crap about Tebow but he’s won more playoff games than Matt Stafford, Kirk Cousins & Andrew Luck combined…wrong, Andrew Luck’s won lost record in the playoffs is 4-4…just do some basic research.

  29. bcsublime says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    zonkerharris213 says:

    April 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him

    ___________

    Drafted by Josh McDaniels

    23 7 Rate This

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    False. McDaniels was not the GM at his age as a first time coach.

    Tebow needed to become an h back and he never wanted to.

    Look at Edelman. Went from college QB to a dynamite WR.

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    April 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    bcsublime says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    zonkerharris213 says:

    April 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t get the hate. Yeah, he was a joke as a QB, but the real laugh is on Elway, who was crazy enough to spend a first round pick on him

    ___________

    Drafted by Josh McDaniels

    23 7 Rate This

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    False. McDaniels was not the GM at his age as a first time coach.

    Tebow needed to become an h back and he never wanted to.

    Look at Edelman. Went from college QB to a dynamite WR.

    1 2 Rate This

    McDaniels had complete roster control. Elway came in the year after McDaniels was fired

  31. It’s early and Pete Alonso hit under 200 for his first month in AAA.
    In 2018,
    Brady scored 31 times in 593 touches and won the super bowl.
    Tebow scored 34 times in 549 touches in his first 16 games of playing time which includes the Steeler playoff game.
    They both threw a TD every 19.6 attempts. Tebow threw deep.
    Tebow scored rushing every 11.6 carries.
    Tebow was 19% more efficient at scoring per touch than Brady was in 2018.
    In 2010, Peyton Manning scored 33 TDs with 17 Ints in 697 touches Tim Tebow was 21% more efficient at scoring per touch than Manning in 2010/2011. Manning threw a TD every 20.5 attempts.
    If you are criticizing Tebow’s play in the NFL, you don’t know what you are talking about. You believed the lying NFL and media.
    Tim Tebow was the fastest scoring QB per touch in NFL history in their first 16 games of playing time since Dan Marino in 1984.

  32. To David….”Tebow was the fastest scoring QB per touch in history after Marino”. Huh??? If he was the historical leader, how did Marino pass him? Damn……

  33. To David. With all those Tebow great stats, one has to wonder why he washed out of the League so quickly. Everyone was/is wrong? You’ve got a big thing going for Tebow, methinks.

  34. If there were truly a GOD then by now Tebow would be the best QB that ever walked the planet!

  35. David says:

    If you are criticizing Tebow’s play in the NFL, you don’t know what you are talking about. You believed the lying NFL and media.
    _________________________________________________

    Are you serious? There’s no one that wanted Tebow to succeed more than the media, DO YOU FORGET ALL THEIR HYPE! Every other story in the media at the time was about Tebow, turn on ESPN or any sports station and all you heard was Tebow this, Tebow that!

  36. I am more disappointed that a legit baseball player with a better slash line probably got DFA’ed so he could have a spot on the AAA Roster.

  37. He may be a great guy but he has had more chances and still is not making it as a baseball player. Enough all ready no one cares

  38. Baseball is a business. If Tebow brings in the fans then it makes sense he is there instead of someone with better play. What do you think sports are anything BUT a way to make money? That is all they are.

  39. The people who say he’s not a prospect are totally ignoring the facts: most important that he hit .267 last year at Double A, and improved substantially during the second half of the year. That was his second year in the minors after not playing baseball in about 13 years–since his junior year in high school, when did well enough to attract major league scouts. His average might not sound that impressive until you consider how new he is to professional baseball. Lots of room for improvement, and he’s an incredibly hard worker–batting practice until his hands bleed. Let’s give him a chance and not jump to conclusions that have no basis in fact.

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