Depending on how you feel about Tim Tebow, this is either going to be a dream come true or an absolute nightmare.
Tebow, who is currently pursuing a baseball career with the New York Mets, is current in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for the Mets’ spring training. And when asked about Tebow’s future with the organization, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB.com’s Anthony Dicomo, ‘I think he will play in the major leagues.’
Sandy Alderson just said this on Tim Tebow: "I think he will play in the Major Leagues."
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 18, 2018
For those naive enough to believe Tebow playing in the majors would be purely merit-based, this may come as a bit of a shock. Across two levels (low- and high-A) last season, Tebow had a modest .226/.309/.347 batting line. Compounding that poor performance, Tebow is already 30 years old, nearly a full decade older than the majority of his teammates in the minor leagues.
Of course, Tebow’s promotion to the majors would have little to do with helping the Mets win baseball games, and everything to do with helping the organization — which finished 70-92 in 2017 — sell tickets, and keep fans away from the revamped Yankees across town.
Tebow is likely to open the season in Double-A, just two levels below the major leagues. Should the Mets continue to struggle, it’s possible we would see Tebow in Queens by mid-summer.
Still, although the Mets have clearly embraced Tebow as a publicity stunt, it’s disappointing to see the team’s new manager so gung-ho about the idea of getting him into the lineup.
Though Tebow’s performance in the minors is impressive for a 30-year old who hadn’t played baseball since high school, Tebow’s spot on a major-league roster would be an insult to those players in the organization who have toiled in the minor leagues for years — and actually performed well — only to watch Tebow come in and get an opportunity to do something most players only dream about, to play in the major leagues.