By Jerry Del Priore
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the New York Mets promoting outfielder Tim Tebow to the next minor league level at some point this summer.
Rarely does a minor league baseball player garner the mass hype that Tebow gets. But, if you have followed his professional athletic career, Tebow is anything but the typical professional baseball player; the normal rules don’t seem to apply to the sometimes-loved, sometimes-despised two-sport athlete.
Currently with the Columbia Fireflies of the mid-level, full-season Single-A South Atlantic League (SAL), there was serious talk amongst Mets’ brass, saying that the polarizing ex-NFL quarterback might get the call to a higher level after the SAL All-Star game, which took place on June 20th.
But the game has passed, and nothing has taken place yet. And it might not. According to the Brooklyn Daily, New York has announced that Tebow, 29, will remain with the Fireflies for the remainder of their baseball season.
However, you can’t completely rule out a possible promotion of the former Heisman Trophy winner, who is batting .222 with three home runs, 22 RBI, 14 doubles and a triple in 212 at-bats in 63 games with the Fireflies. Tebow’s drawing power is undeniable, and he would be a good fit with the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League (FSL) because of his Florida ties.
Tebow met with the media on June 9th, raising further conjecture that a move could be in the works.
However, no change has been reported. The Fireflies didn’t return an email regarding the Tebow matter.
Moreover, Tebow is in his first season of professional baseball, and has room to develop into a better overall player, hopefully for him. Whether the former Florida Gator is good enough to make ‘The Show’ at this point is too early to make the call. But some baseball insiders don’t think he has the diamond skillset to do so.
Tebow fans will just have to wait and see, for now.