Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback, changed his career path to the baseball diamond in 2016. Tebow was known for his passion and heroic acts on the gridiron but looks to transfer those qualities to baseball. The New York Mets took the chance on the former New York Jet and signed him to a minor league contract.
This season will be the first one Tebow will be apart of the Single-A MiLB affiliate the Columbia Fireflies of the New York Mets. Tebow made his debut in heroic fashion last season in his first ever at-bat as he hit a home run on the first professional pitch he saw. He finished the Arizona Fall League with a .194 batting average.
Nobody has given Tebow any real shot of making the major league ball club. The Heisman winner made his way on the roster of the Columbia Fireflies for 2017. It may be a stretch for the 29 year old to become apart of the New York Mets but Tebow has shown promise and improvement.
Tebow started his 2017 campaign in typical “Tebow” fashion with a home run in his first at bat to deep left center. He has hit two home runs in his first six games for the Fireflies. The home runs look nice but he is only hitting .174 and 4 hits.. Tebow isn’t a stats sheet player. He is a highlight reel player from his game-winning touchdowns passes to first at bat home runs.
But do not doubt Tim Tebow because his game has been improving since his arrival to baseball. His approach to the plate has changed and his swing has strongly improved. His hands have become a lot more controlled and stronger as his ability to get his hands to the ball has increased. He has power and the 255-pound left fielder is learning to use all the built muscle he has to strengthen his swing.
Tebow will continue to work on his game and to chase the dream of the major league appearance. He may make it too. Tebow has driven in so much money and attention so New York is the perfect place to debut Tim Tebow “the MLB player.” If the Mets were out of playoff contention, it wouldn’t be surprising if they call up Tebow and put him in the lineup for the final series of the year.