Tim Tebow is set to start the year with the New York Mets’ AAA-affiliate. That means he’s technically one step away from the majors.
Tim Tebow’s baseball career sounded like a joke when Tebow first announced his intention to trade in his pads for batting gloves. It became even more laughable when the New York Mets signed the perceived sideshow.
That was two years ago and now Tim Tebow is one step away from the majors. Not many expected Tebow to make it to this point. Furthermore, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen expects Tebow to make Mickey Callaway’s roster if he’s hitting well in Syracuse.
“If Tim Tebow is the best offensive player in Triple-A at that point, he’s going to be in (manager Mickey Callaway’s) lineup,” Van Wagenen said on WFAN radio via Jesse Yomtov of USA Today.
On WFAN, Van Wagenen even mentioned that Tebow is “one step away” from making an appearance with the Mets. While technically speaking, Tebow is “one step away,” there would have to be a string of injuries or unforeseen circumstances that would result in a major league call-up for Tebow.
But if we’ve learned anything about Tebow up to this point, we’ve learned to never count him out. He tends to defy the odds at every turn and his baseball career seems to be following that trend.
Last season, Tebow slashed .273/.336/.399 for the Mets’ AA-affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He’s earned his call-up to Triple-A. Now he can turn his attention towards silencing his critics and making his major league debut.
Perhaps the best chance for Tebow to do that could come later in the season, but for now, Van Wagenen is signaling that Tebow will have a shot to earn his keep in Syracuse.