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Will Tebow Play in the MLB in 2018 or 2019?

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After Tim Tebow’s up and down NFL career came to an end in 2015, there was a lot of talk about his intentions to play professional baseball. Some of the talk was good and loaded with well-wishing. But most of the talk was negative. I guess the new old saying is true … haters gonna hate.

Guys like Stephen A. Smith were talking like Tebow was out of his mind thinking that he would even get picked up by a legitimate minor league team… and then the New York Mets happened. The talk started again … ‘what are they thinking’ and ‘oh, it’s just a publicity stunt to fill seats’. And when the fans packed in to see Tim Tebow’s first minor league showing, he smashed a home-dinger in his first plate appearance for the St. Lucie Mets. And the talk is suddenly not so negative.

Tebow pushed through and earned a spot on the Full-A squad in the South Atlantic League. During his season with the Fireflies, his numbers were a bit more humble, with 23 RBI and 3 Homers over 64 games. But he recently got public kudos from Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his +300 betting odds to make it to AAA this season are not so long. However, these odds are likely to shift over the next couple of weeks so be sure to check back at Bovada.

Unfortunately, after spraining his ankle stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield of the New York Mets spring training facilities on February 25th, his first Grapefruit League appearance was put on hold temporarily. But Tebow appeared in his first game just two days later, finishing 0 for 2, with a strikeout against the Houston Astros. Since then he looks to be back at 100% as he played in four games, earning his first hit on March 2nd against the Washington Nationals.

Tebow is holding strong at +500 (5 to 1) to play a game in The Bigs sometime in either the 2018 or 2019 season and one would think that for this to happen, we would need the Mets to continue their downward slide that started last season.

After making the playoffs two years running, the Amazin’s weren’t so amazing in 2017. They finished 70 and 92 for a sub-500 season. But they made some interesting moves this offseason and look like they are strengthening their line-up. They got back Jay Bruce and grabbed Todd Frazier for some power out of 3rd-base, and picked up world-class veteran, A-Gon from the Dodgers. And in the outfield, Yoenis Cespedes won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and it’s looking like Michael Conforto will be back in action around May. Meanwhile, you have guys like Brandon Nimmo, who have had very limited action but manage to get on base consistently and Juan Lagares who the Mets seem determined to give his fair shake.

When you add this all up, it doesn’t leave much room for Tim Tebow on the 40-man roster, let alone to be one of the 25 on the active roster in the next couple of years.  If the Mets are in the hunt it is not at all likely that he’ll get called up. So, if you are a Tebow fan but not a Mets fan, you should wish for an utterly poor performance this season and some really idiotic moves in the next year. It’s really the only way he makes it to the Show. Maybe if the Mets are in a hopeless position, management will say, ‘Well … why not? At least it will help us fill the stands for a few home games.’

Otherwise, Tebow will have to really step up his game in Full-A and then prove in Triple-A that he can swing with Bruce, Cespedes, and Conforto and move Nimmo, Lagares, or T.J. Rivera (60-day DL) out of the way.

I do believe that Tebow will make a Major League appearance at some point … I just think that it’s doubtful that it will happen this season or the next. My money would be on the AAA prop instead.

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