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The Tim Tebow show hasn’t been canceled, in fact, the New York Mets envision a future where the former NFL quarterback plays in the majors.

“The person that he is, the worker he is, those are the kind of people you want around,” manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Sunday. “We’re going to evaluate Tim Tebow just as we would anybody else. Tim Tebow is here because he can potentially help us at the major-league level at some point. He wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

Callaway isn’t alone in his assertion, either.

“I think he will play in the major leagues,” general manager Sandy Alderson told’s Anthony DiComo.

The 30-year-old told reporters that while playing in the majors is the goal, he’s not putting the cart before the horse.

“One of the important things of being an athlete is being able to lock in and have tunnel vision,” Tebow said. “Because I can’t worry about one day if I’m going to play in the bigs or not.”

Through 126 games across two levels of Single-A in 2017, Tebow hit .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs, 24 doubles, and 52 RBIs while striking out once per game.


Vince McMahon’s pitch to Tim Tebow did not appear to get the former Heisman Trophy winner’s attention.

Despite McMahon mentioning Tebow by name during his introductory press conference for the XFL, the quarterback-turned-baseball player has not considered joining the upstart league that aims to begin by 2020.

“To be honest, I really haven’t given it any thought,” Tebow told Andrew Astleford of SEC Country on Wednesday. “I’ve got too many important things going on, and I’m getting ready for spring training in slightly over a week.”

“Honestly, it’s the beginning of 2018. And they’re talking about that in 2020. I’ve got a lot of life in front of me before that even happens. So I’m not even going to worry about it.”

Tebow was one of nine minor leaguers in the New York Mets system to be invited to train with the major-league players. He has not played football since a stint in the Philadelphia Eagles‘ training camp in 2015.


If the New York Mets actually did sign Tim Tebow for publicity, it’s working.

The St. Lucie Mets – the Mets’ High-A affiliate – tweeted Friday that they set a franchise attendance record against the Tampa Yankees.

The High-A Mets have brought in 108,057 spectators this year and still have 13 home games remaining.

Tebow – who batted sixth and played left field Friday – is continuing to rake.

Since getting called up 36 games ago, the 29-year-old is slashing .273/.346/.463 with five homers and a stolen base. Fans in attendance Friday saw Tebow go 1-for-3, hitting a double while striking out twice in a 9-4 loss.

Interestingly, St. Lucie sits distantly in last place in the Florida State League’s South division amid a noncompetitive season.


Joe Montana doesn’t seem bothered by Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to land a new NFL contract. In fact, it makes perfect sense to him.

While some claim Kaepernick’s acts of protest have led to his unemployment, the Hall of Famer believes his fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s playing style doesn’t jell with the NFL’s current state.

“That style of quarterback, everybody thought was going to take over the NFL,” Montana told For The Win’s Charles Curtis on Tuesday, referring to Kaepernick’s tendency to play outside the pocket. “You look at guys who had success in college, that only had success one year. Usually those guys, the next year, it’s very difficult on them.”

Kaepernick looked like he was on his way to becoming a star when he broke through as a starter in 2012 and 2013, using his legs as his primary weapon, but struggled in the following three seasons.

“The league has figured out how to defend it,” said Montana. “If I’m playing defense, I want the quarterback to run so I can hit him. In the pocket, you can’t really hit him. So you look at Tim Tebow – he’s a great guy, does a lot of great things. But when you complete 40-something percent of your passes, even in the low 50s, you’re not going to make it.”

Kaepernick’s completion percentage has never dipped below 58.4 percent over a season in his six seasons, though his career high is only 62.4 percent.

Montana admits he has some admiration for Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but he understands how those demonstrations could affect the quarterback’s job prospects as well.

“I’m sure there are some distraction issues,” Montana said. “When we were playing with Bill Walsh, if you were a distraction, he didn’t care how good you were, if you didn’t mix in with the team, you weren’t there very long.”


Following his much-publicized promotion, former Heisman winner Tim Tebow – a career .220 hitter for the Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League – doesn’t believe his performance should be judged on numbers alone.

“I think first you have to look at how you did. What did you do? Not just the numbers or the results,” he said, according to ESPN.

“How did I do in those at-bats? What were my strengths and weaknesses? Where can I improve? Some games you might hit three for four really hard. You might hit them right through people. In another game you might get two little dinkers that are hits. You’re 2-for-3 with a walk, then people are like, ‘Congratulations, look at your batting average.'” …

“You know as an athlete that’s fake, but the other was real. You can’t fool yourself. You have to be honest with yourself as an athlete,” he added. “That’s something I try to do. I look at my at-bats and how I played the field and what I did and I try to be honest with myself with where I’m at and what I have to do to improve.”

The 29-year-old was slated to make his debut on Tuesday but, unfortunately for the 5,000 fans that were expected to attend, it was rained out.

In 64 games with the Fireflies, Tebow hit .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBIs but carried a strikeout rate of 28.3 percent in 244 plate appearances.


Sandy Alderson is finally shedding some light on the decision to bring former NFL star Tim Tebow into the New York Mets organization.

Despite fellow executives calling the Mets’ signing of the ex-quarterback a joke at the time, Tebow has insisted throughout his young baseball career that his big-league pursuit was absolutely not a publicity stunt.

Apparently that sentiment hasn’t been shared by Alderson, the Mets general manager, who admitted Friday that Tebow’s draw power was a key factor in signing him to a minor-league deal.

“Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business,” Alderson said Friday during a SABR convention at Citi Field, according to Roger Rubin of Newsday. “My attitude is ‘why not?'”

After inking his infamous deal with New York in 2016, Tebow struggled in his first stint in professional baseball, slashing just .194/.296/.242 in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League. For his first full season, however, the Mets elected to send Tebow to the Low-A Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League where he fared slightly better, hitting .220/.311/.336 while splitting time in left field and at designated hitter.

Though his numbers were nothing spectacular, the Mets surprised everyone by promoting Tebow to the Florida State League’s St. Lucie Mets in High-A, and Alderson admitted he hopes Tebow can again bring in droves of fans, much like he did in Columbia.

“I actually think it’s been great for baseball.” Alderson said, according to Rubin. “It’s been unbelievable for the South Atlantic League in terms of interest and entertainment.

“We’ll see how far he goes.”


Less than six months after agreeing to a minor-league deal with the New York Mets, Tim Tebow will receive at bats in a major-league spring training game.

Mets skipper Terry Collins announced Monday that Tebow will serve as the club’s designated hitter Wednesday against the reigning American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox.

“I don’t think he’s going to make our team, but I think it’s great for our organization, it’s great for our fans. He’s a pretty famous guy,” Collins told reporters of Tebow’s presence in camp, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “I am going to DH him Wednesday, so he gets in the lineup. I need players anyway and I want him to get some at-bats. So he’ll DH on Wednesday.”

Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson have been highly supportive of Tebow’s pursuit of a professional baseball career, and with 14 players in the Mets organization leaving camp for the World Baseball Classic, the timing to bring Tebow up couldn’t have been better.

Tebow participated in the Mets’ instructional league last September, homering in his first at-bat. He’d later move on to play with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .194 with 20 strikeouts in 62 plate appearances.