Is Tim Tebow heading to the Big Apple? The ex-NFL quarterback resurrected his sports career by becoming a baseball star for one of the New York Mets’ minor league teams. Now, there’s talk of giving him a huge promotion – is he joining the Mets?
Not exactly. Fans better not start camping outside of Citi Field in hopes of catching a Tim Tebow sighting just yet. Yes, the New York Mets are probably glad they signed the 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner to a minor league contract. While playing for the Columbia Fireflies in the Class A South Atlantic League, Tim has put up a .849 On-base plus slugging (aka the ability for a player to get on base and hit for power) over the last 16 games. Because of this impressive stat, sources tell the New York Post that the Mets have thought about “moving [Tebow]…to a higher level within the minors.” So, while he’s possibly going to get promoted, it’ll be a while before – if ever – Tim takes the field for the Mets.
If a slugger registers a OPS of .900 or higher in the MLB, they’re considered one of the best hitters in the league. So, with Tim getting close to that mark during his time with the Fireflies is a big deal. Tim has a .250 batting average, a .330 on-base percentage and a .370 slugging percentage over 28 games. He’s also racked up two homers and 11 RBIs. The OBP and batting average puts him in the middle of the pack for the Fireflies, according to Deadspin, so it’s not like Tim is the second coming of Babe Ruth.
Tim’s promotion won’t be until the South Atlantic League’s All-Star Game in the middle of June, according to the report. The Fireflies are hosting the game, and they would want their star player to be on hand for the festivities. Plus, with Tim as part of the team, the Mets and Fireflies sold a lot of merchandise. Sending him packing before the big baseball extravaganza would seem foolish.
If Tim does get promoted, where will he go? There are three levels of minor league baseball between Tim and the majors: the Advanced A St. Lucie Mets in Tim’s home state of Florida; the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, playing in the AA Eastern League in Binghamton, New York; and the AAA Las Vegas 51s, out in Sin City. While Tim might not be ready for AAA-ball just yet, he could be a welcome offensive addition to the St. Lucie Mets or the Rumble Ponies. Sports fans will have to wait to see where he ends up.
Do you think Tim Tebow will ever play in the major leagues, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think he’s destined for a successful career on the minors? Do you ever wish he were still playing football?