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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

Friday, April 07, 2017

Tim Tebow hits two-run homer in first minor league at-bat

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 to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate

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.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, March 12, 2017

OTP 13 March 2017: A Week in Breitbart Sports

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.)

 

BDC Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, nba, nfl, politics, tim tebow

Friday, March 10, 2017

Woman arrested for stalking Tim Tebow

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.”

PreservedFish Posted: March 10, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stalking, tim tebow

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Mets should be embarrassed about Tim Tebow’s disastrous debut - NY Daily News

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Why Tim Tebow is good for baseball | New York Post

“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.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The great Tim Tebow experiment is harmless, even if it drives you crazy | FOX Sports

Michael Jordan’s time wasn’t a big deal either.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 07:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tim Tebow arrives at Mets Spring Training camp | MLB.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 03:52 PM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sanders Commings wants to pull a Tim Tebow, and he might have the talent

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.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: football, sanders commings, tim tebow

 

 

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