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New York Mets send Tim Tebow back to minors

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Tim Tebow will have to wait longer for his MLB shot. If he even gets one at all. The New York Mets cut Tebow from their MLB camp Tuesday, sending the former football star to their minor league camp. The 30 year-old Tebow didn’t have a good showing in the Grapefruit League. In 19 at-bats, he went 1 for 18 and struck out 11 times. A .056 batting average isn’t good, but the Heisman winner is still positive. In regards to the decision, Tebow told reporters,

“I’ll just continue to work in all the areas we’ve been working and making progress. So that’s really the focus. Just continue the process and the journey and keep working.”

Tebow has struggled so far in his three-year baseball career. He started in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. A .194 average in 62 at bats was less than desirable. However, he did improve in 2017. He hit .226 between Columbia (Single-A) and St. Lucie (High-A). Tebow’s numbers were better with St. Lucie, hitting .231 and 5 home runs in 62 games. So signs of improvement are there. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts if he’s planning on making the big leagues one day. Tebow struck out 126 times last season which accounted for 25 percent of his plate appearances. Once he learns how to read pitches, he’ll make better contact and improve his low average.

Realistically, Tebow should’ve never been in training camp with the Mets anyways. He’s obviously not ready to play with better developed players. However, getting a taste of what to expect doesn’t hurt. We all know that Tebow has a great work ethic and attitude. He also has a lot of heart. He’ll train hard and strive to get better. Being passionate about the game and determined to make it to the show one day will keep him focused. He’s still got a lot to learn though. This season will show a lot in his development and we may see if he has the skills break into the MLB one day. That doesn’t seem to be anytime soon. So we’ll all have to wait for Tebowmania with the Mets.