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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Despite having never swung a bat in a big-league baseball game, Tim Tebow still manages to draw a crowd whenever he shows up at the ballpark. Before a room full of reporters Monday morning, Tebow took questions about his intentions and the difficulties he’s faced attempting to rise up through the New York Mets‘ minor-league system.

Tebow, however, denies the notion that he may have gotten in over his head.

“I don’t think it’s a bigger challenge than I thought,” Tebow said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “Obviously I knew that it was a big challenge – imagine picking up the sport after 12 years of not playing. So I understood it. And I think part of the challenge in it being so hard is part of why it’s so fun, and why it’s something I’m enjoying and loving, because it’s a hard game. It’s not an easy thing to do. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports, but I enjoy the process very much.”

Tebow told the press gallery that he tries to avoid paying too much attention to the criticism surrounding his presence, and that he’s focused solely on the things he can control.

“I just want to be able to continue the process, enjoy the process, enjoy every day, get to know my teammates, and have fun out there,” he said.

In 19 minor-league games, Tebow hit .194/.296/.242 with no home runs and two RBIs while striking out 20 times in 2016.

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Having only started his professional baseball career at age 29, more than a decade after last playing the game competitively, Tim Tebow’s chances of ever cracking an MLB roster remain exceedingly slim, and that’s why a World Series championship would mean more to the former Heisman trophy winner than getting a Super Bowl ring.

“I think because of the ups and the downs and just the battle of picking something up that you haven’t done in 12 years, I think it would mean more,” Tebow told Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray.

Last summer, Tebow – the former University of Florida star who spent parts of three seasons in the NFL – shocked the sports world when he unexpectedly announced plans to pursue a career in professional baseball. Amid skepticism throughout the industry, the New York Mets insisted it wasn’t a publicity stint when they signed him to a minor-league deal, with a $100,000 signing bonus, in September.

“While I and organization are mindful of the novel nature of this situation, this decision was strictly driven by baseball,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “It is not driven by marketing considerations or anything sort.”

Despite struggling in his first stint in the Arizona Fall League – he slashed .194/.296/.242 with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate in 70 plate appearances – Tebow is expected to report to the Mets’ minor-league camp in Port St. Lucie later this month.

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The New York Mets‘ major-league spring training camp will not be interrupted by Tebow Time.

The club announced its non-roster invitees on Wednesday, and did not include Tim Tebow among the 13 names.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson previously stated it was unlikely the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback would receive an invite to big-league camp, though Tebow could still receive some at-bats with the major-league club this spring by being called up for Grapefruit League games.

Manager Terry Collins said in December that he’d like to have Tebow in camp, but if he wasn’t invited, he’d try to bring the outfielder up for some games.

Tebow agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets last September and participated in the club’s instructional league before moving on to the Arizona Fall League. He homered on the first pitch of instructional league, but went on to hit .194/.296/.242 in 70 plate appearances in the AFL.