Report: Mets would ‘love’ to start Tim Tebow in Double-A this season
Most people laughed when Tim Tebow announced that he is trying his hand at professional baseball, but the former NFL quarterback will once again be playing in the minor leagues with the New York Mets this season. In fact, the team is hoping he does enough in spring training to get him one step closer to the majors.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that the Mets would “love” to send Tebow to Double-A Binghamton to start the year if he has a good showing in spring training. Tebow bounced around in Class-A last year, hitting .226 with eight homers and 52 RBI in 126 games in his first full minor league season.
Unless he shows drastic improvement this spring, it will be tough to justify sending Tebow to Double-A ahead of some other players in the organization. While he has had some dramatic moments and draws a big crowd, Tebow needs to show he can hit better than .226 in Single-A before he gets the nod to move up.
Of course, we have already seen examples of how good Tebow is for business with the Mets, so it would not be a surprise if that is a factor. Port St. Lucie drew some great crowds with Tebow in the lineup, and the same would be true if the 30-year-old played in Binghamton.