*Tim Tebow is expected to miss the remainder of the season after a broken in his hand*
It was nearly two years ago when the New York Mets signed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. Many looked at the signing as a publicity stunt and quite simply, a joke. However, the native of the Philippines has somehow floated under the radar over the past year and a half but has reappeared with his AA All-Star appearance last week.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has the odds for whether Tim Tebow will play in an MLB game in 2018 with the Yes Sportsbook at +155 and the No coming back at -190. With a scuffling Mets team and the trade deadline looming, does Tebow actually have a shot at cracking an MLB lineup?
Tebow has been Climbing the ranks
The 30-year-old began his minor league career last year in the South Atlantic League (Class A) where he appeared in 64 games collecting 3 home runs and had a batting average of .220 batting slightly over the Mendoza line of .215. He turned heads with his first at-bat for the Columbia Fireflies hitting a home run vs the Augusta GreenJackets. Tebow then moved on to play the rest of the year with the St. Lucie Mets (Class A+) where his stats improved as he hit .231 while collecting five homers while playing two fewer games than when he was with Columbia. Once again, Tebow homered on his first day with the new club in the second game of a doubleheader.
Fast forward to 2018 where Tebow was invited to take part in a major league camp. Things didn’t go well for the "prospect" had gone just 1-for-18 including 11 strikeouts, yikes. However, the Mets didn’t give up hope and assigned him to their Double-A team, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Again, Tebow hit a home run in the first game with his new club. This year Tebow has appeared in 84 games, has smacked six round-trippers and has a respectable .273 batting average and an OPS of .734. He was even named to the Double-A All-Star Game on July 12 where he went 1-for-4 with a double.
What do the Mets have to lose?
The Mets begin the second half of MLB’s season 13.5-games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East and are the only team in the National League that hasn’t broken the 40-win plateau yet as they are currently 39-55. The Mets are +250000 to win the World Series. As the major’s trade deadline approaches, it appears New York will be in full sell mode with the likes of Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler all likely to be moved before or on July 31. This team is going to struggle through the dog days of summer right into the offseason, and it’s hard to fill a stadium when you are fielding a below-average team.
In steps Tebow. When the rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on September 1, which could be a great opportunity to get butts in the seats with Tebow seeing MLB action. The former Heisman Trophy is a spectacle and recently has the ability to put the bat on the ball so it’s not like you are taking a fish out of the water. The St. Lucie set a new franchise attendance record when Tebow played there, topping 122,000 fans breaking their previous record of just over 105,000 in 2011 and one can only assume that if he played at Citi Field people will come to see him play.
All of this is, of course, subject to Tebow continuing his strong play through the rest of July and all through August. It should also be noted that Tebow exited his game on July 19 due to discomfort in his right hand/wrist. So, the question begs, will Tim Tebow play in an MLB game in 2018? I think if things keep trending the way they are he has a good shot at suiting up for the Mets at some point in September.