Tebow Time is not over for the New York Mets, as they have invited the most famous minor leaguer to the major league portion of Spring Training.
Tin Tebow has yet to give up on his dream of being a major league outfielder. The New York Mets have not given up on Tim Tebow. For as long as he is willing to suit up and ply his trade in the minors, the Mets are willing to give him the chance to show that he can be a viable asset.
That quest has involved the annual tradition of inviting Tebow to the major league portion of Spring Training. On Thursday, it was announced that Tebow, along with 14 other players not on the Mets 40 man roster.
After being looked upon as a novelty act in his first season in the minors, Tebow actually showed signs of promise in AA in 2018. That year, he was named to the Eastern League All Star Game, showing signs that he could be a potential bench option in the majors. Before his season ended up to a broken hamate bone, he posted a promising .273/.336/.399 batting line, hitting 14 doubles and six homers in 298 plate appearances. Although he struck out far too often, being set down 103 times on strikes, there was progress.
That progress was lost in 2019. Even before his season was cut short due to a finger injury in July, Tebow had a nightmare campaign, posting a horrendous .163/.240/.255 batting line, hitting four homers and ten doubles. In his 264 plate appearances, Tebow drew 20 walks and struck out 98 times.
Despite that horrendous showing, Tebow has been invited to the major league portion of Spring Training for the fourth time in as many years. He has not exactly covered himself in glory during Grapefruit League play either, as he has just nine hits in 60 Spring Training at bats, striking out 22 times while drawing just three walks.
While his former agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, is the Mets GM, one has to wonder how much longer this experiment will last. Tebow is 32 years old now, and is entering his fourth year of professional baseball. The clock is ticking louder now than it had been.
The New York Mets have once again invited Tim Tebow to the major league portion of Spring Training. If he is unable to improve over the coming year, it may be the last one he receives.