New York Mets have to consider a Tim Tebow promotion, right?
By Tim Boyle
The 2018 season is the perfect time to promote Tim Tebow to the big league roster. After all, these games no longer have much meaning.
The New York Mets season hasn’t gone as planned. They have one of the worst records in MLB. At this rate, they may end the season with a flurry of gimmicks.
Specifically, it’s the Tim Tebow promotion to MLB I’m expecting.
This season has that vibe. I can completely see Tebow starting on a Sunday in September. Based on his athletic accomplishments, I also see him slapping a game-winning single.
While it sounds preposterous, Tebow has not been dreadful this season. In fact, he’s been downright serviceable for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies down in Double-A.
Through 196 plate appearances, he carries a .238/.327/.366 batting line. He’s striking out a ton with 75 on the season. However, he has held his own throughout the year.
Tebow is more than a ticket salesperson. He’s an ambassador for baseball. He has casual fans more interested in the game. Others, who wouldn’t even think about sitting through 9 innings, are intrigued by the idea of seeing one because of Tebow.
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There is an already carved out path to the big leagues. The Mets don’t have great outfield depth. Could this be the excuse to promote him when the rosters expand?
The Mets have made some significant roster moves in the minor leagues this week. Peter Alonso and Jeff McNeil both got the call that they would go from Double-A to Triple-A. This pair has outperformed Tebow and other Mets minor leaguers by miles. Certainly deserving, I have to believe Tebow joins them or even passes this duo straight to the big leagues at some point this year.
Fans are already tapping out this season. By August, putting fannies in the seats will become a challenge. This team is headed toward a major sale ahead of the trade deadline, meaning the last 60 games of the year will be played with little to no meaning.
Promoting Tebow to MLB is unfair to legitimate prospects who have a future with the Mets. That said, how many players are there in this franchise’s system that would be held back?
Personally, I’m not for or against seeing Tebow play in Major League Baseball. He’s a marketing tool who has already outperformed expectations. Though I don’t see him ever having an incredibly productive major league career or even a roster spot beyond September, this fall is the perfect time to reward him with a promotion.
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If the Mets want to create any buzz in the last weeks of the season, putting Tebow on the big league roster is the way to do it.