Mets Ready to Promote ex-NFL QB Tim Tebow to High Class A?
After hitting his third homer of the season with low Class A Columbia Fireflies, former NFL quarterback-turned-baseball-player Tim Tebow may be promoted by the New York Mets organization to the high Class A soon.
In 138 plate appearances, the 29-year-old Tebow went 2-for-4 with a long ball, a double and two strikeouts, giving him a .230/.319/.369 batting line with 37 strikeouts.
According to Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, the Mets have considered sending Tebow to high Class A few weeks ago but his performance was not enough for him to merit a promotion.
However, Axisa said the Mets organization may promote him due to money concerns, per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America. Based on April attendance data, the Columbia Fireflies average 2,210 fans a night. Minor league teams estimate that the average fan will spend $20 when attending a game, so Tebow's presence could mean $44,200 per night.
The Mets are not the owners of the Fireflies so they don't benefit from the Class A squad but they own St. Lucie Mets, their high Class A affiliate, where Tebow could land if he is promoted. If Tebow is promoted to St. Lucie, the Mets stand to gain from extra ticket and merchandise revenue.
Axisa said the Mets may give Tebow a September call-up, especially if they continue to struggle. The Mets are in an early hole, 7 1/2 games back of the Nationals in the NL East and 6 1/2 games back of a wild-card spot.
Tebow signed with the Mets on Sept. 8, 2016, and hit .194 with three doubles and two RBIs in the Arizona Fall League, per MLB.com.
Tebow won the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators and carried the team to two national championships before he was picked 25th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 Draft.
Tebow suited up for the Broncos from 2010 to 2011 before he was traded to the New York Jets when Peyton Manning joined the team. He played just 12 games for the Jets in 2012 before he was released.
Tebow also joined training camps with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and 2015, respectively, but never made it to the regular season roster. In 2013, Tebow joined ESPN as analyst of college football games. Three years later, Tebow decided to pursue a career in professional baseball.
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