Buckle up Mets fans, Tim Tebow isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Mets-sponsored Tebowmania hit Columbia, South Carolina; and Port St. Lucie, Florida in 2017, and it will likely land in the southern tier of New York this coming season, but that’s not where it’ll end though.
Speaking with the media about the team on Sunday morning, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talked about the evolution of the Tim Tebow experience and surprised a few of us with his comments.
To be fair, it’s been known that the Mets would use the Tebow name to sell tickets in the minors. Alderson himself has suggested it, but to now put out the the idea of bringing him up to the majors at some point is a bit shocking.
Last season we saw Tebow play in a handful of games with the big league team in Spring Training, which was entertaining, per say. The former Heisman Trophy winner was then sent to the Columbia Fireflies to kick off his professional career in the minors.
Tebow was then promoted to the St. Lucie Mets midway through the season where he finished with a .664 OPS in 62 games. This is why talking about him in a major league uniform during the regular season is definitely surprising.
Even after these new comments by Alderson, none of us should expect Tebow to make the 25-man cut out of camp. More likely what the Mets’ GM was referring to was the possibility we could see him up north in September when the rosters expand. As long as the Mets aren’t in contention and/or he’s not getting significant plate appearances during a late postseason run, I’m fine with that.
Alderson’s comments technically don’t even encompass the 2018 season only. He could literally just be talking about his hopes that the Tebow investment will pay dividends at some point in the future. It’s not anyone’s expectation that that will happen, but weirder things have occurred.