Sport Tim Tebow not among Mets minor leaguers invited to major league spring training

21:50  11 january  2017
21:50  11 january  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Thursday and will begin his professional baseball career in the fall instructional league on Sept. 19 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that signing Tebow , a former NFL quarterback, is not a publicity stunt. Even if Tebow never reaches the majors , Alderson insisted this is a win for the Mets because of the example Tebow 's work ethic and character will set for the minor leaguers .

Mets likely to put Tim Tebow in minor league camp for spring . play. Tebow , a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner with the Florida Gators, nonetheless would be borrowed for occasional Grapefruit League games involving major leaguers . He then likely would break camp in April with a full-season minor league team, Alderson added Tuesday.

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Tim Tebow is not among the list of Mets minor league players that have been invited to the team's major league spring training camp.

The Mets announced minor leaguers Chase Bradford, Xorge Carillo, P.J Conlon, Phillip Eveans, Luis Guillermo, Kevin McGowan, David Roseboom, Paul Sewald, Dominic Smith, Champ Stuart, Travis Taijeron, Corey Taylor and Logan Taylor have been invited to spring training.

Pitchers and catchers are expected to report on February 13. The first full workout is scheduled for February 19.

Tebow is coming off a stint in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .194 with 20 strikeouts in 70 plate appearances.

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Tim Tebow may be the man to change that. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tebow , who spent one year as a punt protector and backup quarterback with the Jets, will sign a minor league contract with the Mets . Who cares if he can actually play? Just sell tickets and merchandise. I suspect he’ll have a modicum of success against fellow rookie minor leaguers , but when he tries to go up against the next level of players, he’ll look like Pedro Cerrano trying to hit a curve ball.

Minor league camp is everyone else. Lower level minor leaguers , non-top prospects, those guys. Tim Tebow could spend time with the Mets in spring training . USATSI. Letting Tebow play in the Arizona Fall League is one thing. Grapefruit League games is another. There are a finite number of at-bats and innings to go around in spring training , and they have to go to players who could actually help your team that season.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson previously said that he did not intend to invite Tim Tebow to the big league camp, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Last month, Mets manager Terry Collins expressed optimism about having Tebow at Spring Training.

“I will tell you if he’s not in our camp, I’ll get him over. I think he’s a name in Florida. He’s a star in Florida. He should be. I think it would be fun to have Tim come over. And certainly one thing about our players, they’re athletes, too. They’re fans, too. They would probably like to know how to run a quarterback sneak one day.”

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