While Tim Tebow isn’t focused on or close to making it to the New York Mets yet, it would be a good thing if he did.
It’s something that’s rarely seen, an athlete trying to play two sports professionally. After having an unsuccessful career in the NFL, Tim Tebow is trying to make a career in baseball.
Last year the New York Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal. Recently the Mets promoted him to the St. Lucie Mets, their highest A-ball affiliate. His numbers might not have been good enough to move up and thus people questioned why he was promoted.
As ESNY’s Rick Weiner points out, the former NFL quarterback’s promotion was all about the money and not the stats. However, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson stuck by the decision to move the former Heisman winner up.
“It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at — chase rates and exit velocity,” Alderson recently told reporters. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving. Clearly, it’s a step up. I certainly think he can handle it.”
Tebow hit .220 with three home runs and 69 strikeouts along with a .311 on-base percentage for the Columbia Fireflies. Last Wednesday he made his debut with the St. Lucie Mets and hit a home run, the fourth of his career.
The question is this: Can Tebow make it to the majors? It would be good for the Mets and baseball if he did.
Tebow’s presence would help to draw big crowds. He had a big impact on the Fireflies attendance and impacted the St. Lucie Mets attendance before he ever played a game for them.
According to Jon Santucci of USA Today, St. Lucie had sold about 500 tickets online and had more than 35 media requests within 18 hours after Tebow got promoted.
He could be baseball’s next big draw, especially if he continues to improve his skills on the field. As he told reporters last week (via ESPN), that’s all he’s trying to do.
“Hopefully I have gotten better in every area. Whether that is hitting or ID’ing pitches, on the basepaths, trying to play defense, you know trying to work on everything and improve on everything every day. I feel like I have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m getting better every day.”
Based on his early production in St. Lucie, it looks as if Tebow might actually be improving.
Tim Tebow's first seven games at Class A Advanced St. Lucie:
.438 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 3 K, 1.279 OPS.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 4, 2017
It would be good for baseball if Tebow were to make it to the big leagues due to his ability to play, not because of the box office draw he might be. But anything that gets people watching more baseball is a good thing.
So don’t hate on Tebow if he makes it to the majors this season. Because it’s good for baseball, and that’s what really matters.