New York Mets likely to have Tim Tebow in minor league camp
Oct 18, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Scottsdale Scorpions designated hitter Tim Tebow of the New York Mets against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are likely to assign ex-football player Tim Tebow to the team’s minor league camp for Spring Training 2017.

The New York Mets will likely have Tim Tebow in the team’s minor league camp during spring training, general manager Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday. A formal decision, however, has not been made.

Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets last September. He hit .194 with three doubles, two RBIs, and 12 hits in the Arizona Fall League. Alderson said that Tebow would be borrowed for some Grapefruit League games, and in April he’ll be in camp with a full-season minor league team, according to ESPN.

“He was in the Arizona Fall League, but that’s the only organized league he’s ever participated in beyond high school,” Alderson said. “And we understand he’s a little bit older, so that the process needs to accelerate at some point. But we still need to be prudent about it and put him in situations where he can succeed and not be viewed as, I was going to say, a circus animal. But that’s probably not appropriate.”

Alderson also said that there’s no reason to have Tebow assigned to a major league camp, aside from advertising purposes. However, Mets manager Terry Collins would like to see Tebow in the major league camp.


“I certainly hope we’ll see Tim Tebow in some of our games,”  Collins told USA Today. “If he’s not in our camp, I’ll get him over.”

Tebow is still a college football analyst for ESPN. It will be interesting to see how he does in minor league camp and if he gets to be a part of major league camp as well.

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