Tim Tebow Newsbeat
Monday, April 24, 2017
“I think anybody would be lying if they said they didn’t at least acknowledge it a little bit. That’s part of the pre-pitch,” Solter says. “You clear it and, as cliche as it sounds, you attack him like any other batter and see how he reacts to different pitches and adjust accordingly to make some pitches and get an out.”
The fact that Tebow isn’t built like a typical baseball player also plays a role in how teams approach him at the plate. In theory, teams like to pound Tebow with inside fastballs because his frame doesn’t allow him to turn on pitches as quickly as others do.
“There wasn’t really a scouting report. The first day, we saw them take BP a little bit and we saw them stretching,” Solter says. “You can tell, obviously, right away that he’s a big guy. The power is going to be a real tool for him. Outside of that, there wasn’t a whole lot we had on him.”
“He’s definitely bigger than most guys out here,” Mazza says. “Just based off of that, you get the sense that he’s going to have some power.”
Friday, April 07, 2017
Tim Tebow’s minor league baseball career couldn’t have started in more magical fashion.
In his first at-bat for the Class A Columbia Fireflies, the former Heisman Trophy winner drove a 2-1 pitch from Augusta GreenJackets lefty Domenic Mazza off and over the fence in left field for a two-run home run, sending a capacity crowd at Spirit Communications Park into a disbelieving frenzy.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as attempts his a transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.
“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
Sunday, March 12, 2017
DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:
I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to inform the most powerful and misinformed man in the world, is slinging sports news and takes with the rest of us.
The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart?
(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
Friday, March 10, 2017
The responding officer noticed she had an “I [heart symbol] Jesus/Tim Tebow” on the back of her driver’s license and that Thompson told police she lived with Tebow in Jacksonville, Florida. After the police officer asked whether Thompson was in a “friendly relationship, a platonic relationship, a romantic relationship or possibly a matrimonial relationship,” Thompson giggled and said “all of the above.”
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
Thursday, March 09, 2017
On the SNY telecast, Ron Darling couldn’t resist:
“That’s the first standing ovation I’ve ever seen for hitting into a double play.”
And so it went.
In truth, the only surprise on Wednesday was that Gentleman Tim made it so obvious when he disagreed with Addition, the home plate umpire, staring at him on at least four occasions, twice on called third strikes.
Tebow managed to annoy Keith Hernandez, who practically lectured him on TV in his final at-bat of the day.
“You can’t be barking at the umps,’’ Hernandez said in his famously impatient tone. “Let’s go.”
Posted: March 09, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 59 comment(s)
“If you see something you like, be aggressive,’’ Tebow said of the major lesson of the day.
Also, this is not football. Call your manager Terry or TC. Not coach.
Posted: March 09, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Oogway: Good. [Sees petals floating around him] My time has come. You must continue your journey without me. [Hands Shifu his staff]
Tebow: What… What are you…? [Oogway backs into the swirling petals] Master, you can’t leave me!
Oogway: [Starts to vanish] You must believe.
Posted: February 27, 2017 at 03:52 PM | 117 comment(s)
Friday, February 10, 2017
Three swings, and Jerry Hairston Jr. believed.
“I was blown away,” the former major leaguer said, recalling the first time he saw Sanders Commings hit.
Hairston had not known what to expect from Commings, a former defensive back at the University of Georgia and for the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Commings, who turns 27 on March 8, wanted to return to baseball, a sport he played well enough at Westside H.S. in Augusta, Ga., to be selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
He informed Hairston of his intention to resume his career as an outfielder when the two were playing pickup basketball in Scottsdale, Ariz., last November. Injuries had limited Commings’ NFL career to two games, both in 2013. In his own words, he missed baseball “like crazy.”
“I love baseball,” Commings said. “It’s a sport I’ve loved my whole life.”
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Shaq Thompson does not have to wonder if he chose the correct path. He was the worst professional baseball player of all time.
In 39 at bats for the Gulf Coast Red Sox in 2012, Thompson struck out 37 times. Pairing that with a rather generous 17.0% walk rate (folks, the GCL isn’t necessarily packed with high quality pitchers), Thompson managed to put the ball in play just twice — 4.2% of the time. I wrote the story of those two at bats last year but spoiler alert: they weren’t base hits. For comparison’s sake, the MLB record for most career strikeouts without a base hit is 24 by Daniel Cabrera; if we narrow the field to non-pitchers, it’s eight (at least you tried, Mike Potter).
Friday, November 18, 2016
Awful,” said one AL scout.
“Stinks,” said one from the NL.
“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”
The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him for $100,000 in September.
“The idea for us was just to get him more game experience there,” Alderson said. “We thought he might be somewhat overmatched and that was true early on, but from the first 10 days of the Arizona Fall League to the last 10 days, there was a marked improvement.”
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
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