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Tim Tebow side show comes to New York Mets training camp

Posted by BetOnline team on 3/6/2017 8:29:50 AM
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Tim Tebow, the former football Heisman Trophy winner turned baseball player has become a side show in the New York Mets spring training camp. But don’t tell that to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He bristles at the criticism. The same applies to manager Terry Collins who vows to pluck Tebow out of minor league camp and play on the Mets primary roster during spring games.

“When they tell me that Tim’s had some at-bats, when he’s comfortable with what he’s doing, I’ll get him over here,” Collins said.

The way most spring training camps are set up is that the Major League players train in the main complex and the minor league players are spread around on outside fields.

That is where Tebow began spring training and will remain until Collins is satisfied.

Tebow, 29, hasn’t played baseball since high school. Since then he won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida and played quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Then he worked television as a football analyst before giving baseball a try.

He hit .194 in the Arizona Fall League and scouts were not impressed. But Alderson said he improved and is ready for camp.

“This game is about our fans,” Collins said. “It will always be about our fans. And this guy is a special person. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got a huge name in the sports world and he’s in our organization trying to be a baseball player, and I’m certainly not going to take anything away from that. I salute him for what he’s trying to do. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be very difficult. But he’s a tremendous competitor.”

Tebow begins his professional baseball career in the Mets’ STEP camp, which is an extended spring training for select minor league players. He will also be a side show likely to draw media from around Major League Baseball.

Tebow’s 15 jersey is the only minor league jersey for sale at the training facility. So that shows what a big deal he is. Collins said the main club house will be able to handle distractions if he joins them.

“Let me tell you something, those guys, when he walks in our clubhouse, they’ll let him have it,” Collins said. “They’re not afraid. Of course, he’s a little bigger than they are. But it’s a tremendous clubhouse and I know they’ll reach out and try to make him feel at home.”


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