Tebow addressed media prior, talked about new surroundings and individual goals.
Tim Tebow arrived in Port St. Lucie on Monday, chatted with reporters… and then went out and hit nine batting practice home runs. In other words, the endless cycle of Tebow analysis and opinion pieces is about to multiply beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Tebow showed off some power, but the realism is hard to miss. At 29, he’s basically a wet behind the ears rookie who is well behind the curve. That was shown in the Arizona Fall League when he looked overmatched according to scouts. The reviews were scathing and his numbers (batting average of .194 with 20 strikeouts in 62 at-bats) were dismal.
At this point, Tebow is being viewed as a morale booster for other prospects within the organization. Though you never truly say never, it’s an extreme long shot that Tebow will ever be on a Major League roster.
Yet, the buzz will only continue to escalate in the short term for every moment of Spring Training involving Tebow. Every at-bat and round of batting practice will get endless coverage. The only question is when will the wave subside?
Manager, Terry Collins attached all the typical words when talking about Tebow, highlighting his character and competitiveness. At the very least, Tebow is going to get every opportunity to develop as much as possible. In the meantime, the view is that he’ll have a positive impact in the locker room for the Mets’ young prospects in the lower minor league ranks
In the grand scheme of things, Tebowmania will get knocked down a few pegs once the regular season gets rolling. Even if Tebow does stick around, he’ll have a short shelf life in baseball due to his late start. That’s what made the timing of this move more puzzling. Time will tell exactly what kind of player Tebow develops into.
At the very least, it’s fitting that such a public and influential figure in the sports world will get his chance at a second pro sports career in New York.