Tim Tebow is about to begin his second season as a professional baseball player, and many fans are hoping to see him playing for more than just the New York Mets’ minor league affiliates this year.
With full-squad workouts beginning Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Tebow is with the major league club, hoping to improve his stock within the organization.
And Dan Patrick is a believer in Tebow’s ability to get the call-up from the Mets in the later stages of this season. Speaking on his radio show Monday, Patrick gave credit to Tebow’s ability to switch sports and embrace a sport where failing seven out of 10 times at the plate is considered good.
You can listen to Patrick’s full comments on Tebow below:
DP on Tim Tebow's chances for a Big League call-up this season pic.twitter.com/qBIHgQ5OP8
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 19, 2018
But while stops short of calling Tebow’s foray into baseball as a publicity stunt, he does hold firm in his belief it will not be Tebow’s talent alone that would get him to Citi Field in New York.
“Do I think he’ll play in the majors because of his talent? No,” Patrick said. “Do I think that he’ll be brought up next September? Yeah, I do. … If he continues to play and has some moments here, I think he’s going to be rewarded. … I’m fine if Tebow gets his shot.”
Last season in 430 at bats, Tebow hit .226 with 8 home runs while playing outfield in the Mets minor league system.
The September call-ups appear to be Tebow’s best bet to play with the Mets, as at that point in the year rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.