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Monday, August 14, 2017

Jones: The unfortunate truth about Tim Tebow haters | tbo.com

Haters. Hating on the haters. Haters hating on the haters who hate the haters.

Ugh.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Friday, August 11, 2017

VIDEO: Tim Tebow greets autistic boy, then hits home run for him

If it happened in a movie we’d say it was unrealistic:

Tebow was on-deck during the July 29 game when Seth Bosch, a young boy with high-functioning autism who just turned 10, took his shot to try and get the ballplayers attention.

Bosch waved at Tebow and, to the child’s surprise, the star walked over and shook his hand through the netting. The boy, who has a tumor behind his right eye which makes it difficult to play sports, went back to his seat next to his parents with tears of joy streaming down his face.

Tebow, being Tebow, then went up to the plate and hit a three-run home run moments later.

“When Seth came back to his seat, he was crying,” Seth Bosch’s mother Ileanna told the Tampa Bay Times. “And then Tim hit the homer. I started crying, too. How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together.”

DaVoice of DaPeople Posted: August 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: christianity, kids, tim tebow

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tim Tebow’s no circus act: He’s a real Mets prospect

There are plenty of sound business reasons why it would have been wise anyway to keep Tebow away from Citi Field as some kind of marketing ploy, beginning with the very credibility of the franchise, which is supposed to be in the business of developing baseball players, not carnival barkers.

But now the Mets have the best reason of all to forget about that.

What if Tebow really is what these last 27 games and 87 at-bats have hinted at? In the Florida State League, the most advanced level of Single-A ball, he has hit .299 with an eye-raising OPS of .907. To find a higher number than that on the St. Lucie Mets’ roster, you stop at names like Conforto and Flores and Lagares and Duda, members of the varsity Mets who made brief rehab appearances at Port St. Lucie.

Look, the odds remain heavily stacked against Tebow, who at age 29 is still three steep steps away from the majors. But this is also true: there was no way to foresee even these past 27 games and 87 at-bats, heading into Wednesday’s game against Bradenton. And what he has done is raise the possibility — however remote it may still seem — that he really might be a player, and not just a jersey.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It is a legitimate promotion, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tim Tebow earns each team in the South Atlantic League an extra $44,200 a night

According to Baseball America, the Tebow bump for other teams in the South Atlantic League is real and quite measurable.

Based on the April attendance data, the Tebow effect appears to be roughly 2,210 fans per night. Minor league teams estimate that the average fan will spend $20 per person if they come to the ballpark. That counts ticket sales, concessions and souvenirs. So Tebow is worth roughly an additional $44,200 per night.

As I argued at the time, Tebow had the athleticism to win a danged Heisman Trophy, so it’s not that weird to gamble on him. There are about 330 players in the typical minor-league organization. About 290 of them will flame out before reaching the majors. Kids are drafted because they’re tall, with the hope they’ll add velocity. They’re drafted because they’re fast, and the organization hopes they will teach them how to hit.

If the players can’t do these things, they’re kicked out of the airplane. It’s cruel, but so is the entire industry. In this context, it’s not that strange to see if a football player can baseball better than he could football.

Now add in the money. That sweet, sweet cash. This doesn’t include all of the Tebow merchandise the Mets are grifting from fans who either don’t quite understand how far away he is from the majors or love a semi-ironic shirsey as much as the rest of us. These are benefits that, say, the Twins didn’t get when they kept the manager’s kid around in the minors. This is that, but more athleticism and a helluva lot more money.


Saturday, May 06, 2017

Tim Tebow Huge Draw In Minors

If you sign him, they will come:

The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback has minor league fans around the Single A South Atlantic League flocking to stadiums and jamming ticket lines to see the Columbia Fireflies outfielder and designated-hitter.

The Hickory Crawdads sold out four games with the Fireflies, its total of 17,500 for the series surpassing the 15,900 they drew their first eight games. “We had 4,500 people in the stands,” Crawdads season ticket holder Christopher Pack said, “and 4,300 were there to see Tim Tebow.”
.  .  .
It’s only fitting the Fireflies are benefiting the most from the latest Tebow mania. The Fireflies — the longtime Savannah Sand Gnats before moving to South Carolina in 2016 — lead the league in attendance, averaging 5,027 fans per game. People show up in Tebow’s NFL jerseys, and Florida Gator outfits, lining up near the rail for an autograph or a selfie with Tebow.

Any attendance clauses in minor league contracts these days? They might be exploiting the lad.


Monday, April 24, 2017

What It’s Like to Actually Pitch to Tebow

“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.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, tim tebow

 

 

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