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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tim Tebow will play for the Philippines in World Baseball Classic qualifying

Former NFL quarterback and current Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow will play for the Philippines in the upcoming World Baseball Classic qualifiers. WBC Baseball made the announcement on Wednesday. Tebow’s parents were Baptist missionaries in the Philippines at the time of his birth, and they moved back to the U.S. when Tebow was three years old.

Tebow, 32, is coming into his fourth minor league season with the Mets since deciding to pursue a baseball career. Across 287 games in the minors, he owns a slash line of .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs and 85 walks against 327 strikeouts. This past season, Tebow put up an OPS of .495 in 77 games at the Triple-A level. He’s in camp with the Mets, and he recently hit his first spring training home run.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2020 at 06:37 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: February 26, 2020 at 08:52 PM (#5926676)
I didn't know they had a team. Is it mostly Americans of Filipino descent? Does Tim Lincecum play for them?
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 26, 2020 at 09:24 PM (#5926679)
Tebow was born in the Philippines to missionary parents, but isn't of Filipino descent as far as I know.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 26, 2020 at 09:59 PM (#5926681)
The, shall we say, permissive "citizenship" rules necessary to allow several countries to field WBC teams kind of defeats the entire purpose of having a nationality-based tournament - or at least having that many countries competing.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: February 26, 2020 at 10:20 PM (#5926683)

The, shall we say, permissive "citizenship" rules necessary to allow several countries to field WBC teams kind of defeats the entire purpose of having a nationality-based tournament - or at least having that many countries competing.



I wouldn't necessarily disagree with the larger point, but Tebow was actually born in the Philippines. I think he ought to be able to suit up for them.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 26, 2020 at 11:05 PM (#5926690)
Tebow was actually born in the Philippines. I think he ought to be able to suit up for them.
According to Wiki, Philippine citizenship is based on descent from Philippine citizens rather than being born there.
   6. Cooper Nielson Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:05 AM (#5926692)
Today I learned that Travis and Chase d'Arnaud are half-Filipino.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Filipino_American_sportspeople#Baseball

Bobby Chouinard (what a great guy -- see also Addison Russell) is the only Philippines-born player in MLB history.
   7. Jay Seaver Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:07 AM (#5926693)
The, shall we say, permissive "citizenship" rules necessary to allow several countries to field WBC teams kind of defeats the entire purpose of having a nationality-based tournament - or at least having that many countries competing.


Depends what the point is. If the point is to get countries where baseball is not very popular more interested, then letting teams have ringers now presumably helps grow the game to the point where you don't need them in ten years.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:11 AM (#5926694)
According to Wiki, Philippine citizenship is based on descent from Philippine citizens rather than being born there.


And? As I said, he was born there. I think he ought to be able to suit up for them. That the Filiponos define citizenship differently than say, us, doesn't change my opinion.

This isn't the same thing as some guy playing for the Italian team because his dad once lived in Little Italy.



   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:24 AM (#5926695)
Depends what the point is. If the point is to get countries where baseball is not very popular more interested, then letting teams have ringers now presumably helps grow the game to the point where you don't need them in ten years.
Yeah, fair point. Although it will probably take a lot more than ten years.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:49 AM (#5926700)
Given the strong American presence, I'm a little surprised baseball isn't a reasonably big sport in the Phillipines. (Grr ... one "l" 2 "p"s according to the headline.)
   11. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 27, 2020 at 01:18 AM (#5926704)
You guys realize this is just the qualifiers, right? There are 16 teams that go to qualifiers, only 4 of which join the top 12 teams from the previous tournament. Last time the Philippines got stomped in the qualifiers and I would be shocked if they made the actual tournament. As for qualification, there’s a list of WBC qualification which includes being born there. Another one on the list is if somebody is eligible for that country’s citizenship, regardless of whether or not they actually have citizenship. This really opens the door for Italy (just need your family line to go back to Italy more recently than 1861) and Israel (need one Jewish grandparent).

Edit: Apparently all 16 teams from last time are auto-qualified and they’re expanding to 20 teams. And there are only 12 teams competing for four spots. I wonder if the fact that Mexico, Canada and China were among the teams that would have to fight to qualify again was part of what led to that decision.
   12. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: February 27, 2020 at 02:32 AM (#5926710)
I think last time, you could qualify for Italy's team just by eating spaghetti at some point in your lifetime.

I believe I'd qualify to play on like five WBC teams. Theoretically, of course.
   13. Zonk took his own SATs Posted: February 27, 2020 at 08:54 AM (#5926724)
Meh, as a kid - I used to love constructing rosters using odd trivia in those old sims... letters of the alphabet.... birth state.... birth month.... grabbing a handful of baseball cards out of my big commons box... and that was BEFORE Sean made such a thing so much easier.

It's the WBC - I enjoy seeing interesting rosters constructed...
   14. Kiguchi Posted: February 27, 2020 at 05:43 PM (#5926933)
Given the strong American presence, I'm a little surprised baseball isn't a reasonably big sport in the Phillipines. (Grr ... one "l" 2 "p"s according to the headline.)

It was big in the 50's. The Philippines was the best in Asia at that time. Then they had basketball fever, which is pretty much the worst fit for them physically.

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