Tim Tebow might mostly be known for his work on the football field. He is making a name for himself in another sport, he is a dual athlete. Tebow is breaking into the baseball world, and leaving a good impression.
He is showing off just how versatile he can be. Tebow can also play baseball, and at a high level. He has been maneuvering his way through the minors quickly. The Mets organization have found out first-hand.
As he turns over a new leaf, and launches his baseball career, Tebow has a habit of making his debuts big. That habit appears to be keeping up. On Wednesday, the St. Lucie Mets newest player made the crowd go wild.
After earning a promotion on Sunday, in his first day with High-A St. Lucie, Tebow had a big impact. He displayed his ability to not only hit, but to hit for distance. He homered in the second game of the Mets doubleheader.
His home-run was not the only time he reached bases either. In total, he collected three hits on the day. Tim Tebow‘s longball came on a 92 MPH 3-1 pitch off of Palm Beach Cardinals right-hander Junior Fernandez, according to ESPN.
If he is trying to expand his fan base from football to baseball, he is heading in the correct direction. Hitting the ball the distance is not a new thing for Tebow. He has done it before, four times to be exact. Yesterday marked the fourth homer of his minor league career.
In his first season in the minors, he is showing solid production. Yesterday’s home-run might not be his last. If he can do it once, he can likely do it again. It remains to be seen if it will be enough to earn him another promotion.
At the pace he is going, he might just be able to live his professional baseball dreams. Tebow spoke on how rewarding it was to hit a longball, “I felt good.” He said that over the last couple of weeks, while in Columbia, he has felt good and wants to keep that going. “Just put the bat on the ball and hit it hard.”
His technique might not be complicated, but it appears to be working. He is walking and chewing gum at the same time, and doing it in an effortless way. Heading into yesterday’s game Tebow was stuck in an 0-11 stretch. That stretch is completely over with. New York’s big league team could use an additional All-Star presence.
Over their past two seasons, there has been one big problem for the Mets. They have struggled deeply when it comes to maintaining their team’s health. Injury after injury seems to be hitting the Mets. Right now half of their rotation is not in 100 percent health.
Their struggles are visible in numbers. New York has spent some of their recent seasons at the top of their division, this is not one of those season. New York is a losing team, sitting fourth place of the NL East with a record of 35-42.
Can Tim Tebow make his way to the big leagues? How many home-runs will he hit this season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod