Mets’ Tim Tebow Gamble Bound to Fail

Luke Henne, Staff Writer

Try what you want, New York Mets. It’s not going to happen.

Tim Tebow will never make it to the spotlight of Citi Field.

ESPN writer Adam Rubin notes that Tebow signed a minor-league contract with New York’s National League ball club, and the quarterback-turned-baseball player will report to the fall instructional league on Monday, September 19. The Mets conduct their fall instruction at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Tebow has been a front-page headline since his days as a teenager. In 2005, after an outstanding high-school career, Tebow committed to play for his home state’s school—the Florida Gators. In Gainesville, he led those Gators to the 2006 and 2008 Southeastern Conference and BCS Championship titles, in addition to winning the 2007 Heisman Trophy, as mentioned by IMDb.

He is viewed by some as the greatest college football player of all-time, but a solid NFL career never panned out. After being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow jumped around with multiple teams and practice squads.

After failing to get on his feet in the National Football League, Tebow joined the SEC Network as a football analyst, and he has been there since the network’s founding in August of 2014.

Tim caught the attention of just about everyone when he announced he would be holding a baseball workout for scouts of 28 Major League Baseball teams at the University of Southern California on August 30.

Enough about TimTebow’s accomplishments (although there is a lot, on and off the field). This is a ploy for attention. He hasn’t played baseball since high school, and he’s already 29 years old. When he signed with the Mets on September 8, General Manager Sandy Alderson claimed it was not a cry for media attention, but it seems like it is just the opposite.

Tebow has not played baseball at any level in over ten years. Not only that, it was a workout that came out of the blue, and many of the scouts were not highly impressed.

The man is starting at instructional league baseball, come on!

Is he really capable of impressing coaches and scouts enough to the extent to where he is moved throughout all six of the Mets’ farm clubs, as well as their spring training, where he would be at very-high level competition with other Major League Baseball hopefuls? It really doesn’t seem like it.

Come on, Tim. You garnered all the attention you could possibly want from your NCAA (and short-lived NFL) days, in addition to all the money earned from your time as an NFL quarterback and SEC Network analyst. What more attention could you possibly want?

Sorry, Miracle Mets. You’re not spinning any miracles here.

It’s a very nice thought and a good idea to bring people to the minor league ballparks, but Tebow will never surface into a Major League Baseball player in the heart of Queens.