Thursday, August 8, 2019

With the triple-A Syracuse Mets, Tim Tebow is batting .163 with 98 strikeouts in 264 plate appearances

Which begs the question:  Is there a Mendoza line in minor-league baseball?

Related reading:
Opinion: Tim Tebow is a pretty good football player for a baseball prospect.  (USA Today, 5/7/2019)
“It’s very difficult right now, some of the pitching that’s coming at him,” Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. “He hadn’t seen much of that at Double-A last year. Guys are pounding him in and he has to learn how to make adjustments.” 
But can he?
Clearly, the answer is 'no'.

3/22/2019 update, " Mets invite 31-year-old minor-leaguer with .244 batting average to spring training camp", starts here.

So far, he's batting .267 -- 4 for 15, all singles, with 0 runs scored and 0 runs batted in.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to big league spring training camp again.  (USA Today, 1/17/2019)

8/27/2018 update, "And none of them is named Tim Tebow", starts here.

And yet....and yet.....

7/15/2018 update, " Tim Tebow plays in Eastern League all-star game because he's Tim Tebow', starts here.

Source:  Eastern League

Tim Tebow doubles in first Eastern League All-Star Game at-bat.  (USA Today, 7/11/2018)
The rest of the story.  Tebow grounded out to shortstop in the fifth inning, flied out to left field in the seventh and, representing the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth, struck out swinging.

9/24/2017 update, " Tim Tebow finishes minor-league season with .226 batting average, 1 strikeout every 3.86 plate appearances", starts here.

Not called up by the New York Mets.  Yet.  (Though the Mets has just 3 games left on their home schedule after today.)

Source:  CBS Sports

Tim Tebow will return to the Mets in 2018, though a September call-up is uncertain.  (CBS Sports, 9/1/2017)
Maybe I'm just a cynic, but I think the chances of Tebow getting a September call-up are pretty good. The Mets are out of the race and they have two regular outfielders on the disabled list (Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes), so roster space and a lineup spot are available.  
f the Mets were to bring Tebow up for their final homestand, they'd get a nice little late season attendance and merchandise sales boost. This is the entertainment business, and Tebow generates an awful lot of buzz, whether you like it or not. With the Mets out of the race, there's nothing to lose and lots to gain.

Related reading:
Tebow Called Up To Help Mets Pray For Season To Be Over.  (The Kicker, 7/17/2017)

8/15/2017 update, "Tim Tebow goes 4 for 34 in last 10 games, now batting .228 for the season", starts here.

Source:  MiLB

Batting average droped 31 points over the last 10 games.

Don't be surprised if the Mets call Tebow up in September.   Seventeen games out of 1st place, 10 games below .500, their season is over as far as reaching the playoffs is concerned.  Despite what Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in July, the team will need to generate some excitement to put more fannies in the seats at Citi Field through thte end of the regular season. (highlight added)

4/20/2017 update, "Tim Tebow's batting average drops 75 points during past 10 days", starts here.

Source:  Columbia Fireflies (highlight added)

Fireflies rival trolls Tebow on Twitter.  (The Island Packet, 3/21/2017)
On it’s social media account, the Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, teed off on Tebow. It started off by making light of Tebow’s struggles at the plate during spring training, making ticket holders an offer of free hamburgers from Burger King should Tebow strike out three times or more during a game in their series in Greenville from June 13-15.

Original 4/10/2017 post, "Fetishizing Tim Tebow", starts here.

As in to treat him with extravagant irrational devotion.

Photo credit:  Major League Baseball
As the Associated Press pointed out after his first home run, this isn’t necessarily a sign that Tebow is going to be a slugger. He hit a home run during his first at-bat in the Instructional League last fall, but averaged .148 in 27 appearances* during spring training for the Mets,

*That would be 4 hits in 27 at-bats, lower than any other position player currently on the Mets roster.

As of this morning, he's batting .231 -- 3 for 13, with 2 home runs -- for the class-A Columbia Fireflies

The 29-year-old Tim Tebow is playing baseball because he's Tim Tebow, not because he's earned it.  He continues to keep a more deserving player off a minor-league baseball roster.

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