While the chances of Tim Tebow having a career in Major League Baseball may not be good, his audition in Minor League Baseball last year was good enough to get him an invite to spring training this year.
On Friday, the Mets official Twitter account tweeted that the team invited nine players to Major League Spring Training. You might recognize the seventh name:
We’ve invited nine players to major league #SpringTraining including: Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Kevin Kaczmarski, Patrick Mazeika, Drew Smith, Corey Taylor, Tim Tebow, David Thompson and Adonis Uceta. #Mets
— New York Mets (@Mets) January 19, 2018
According to Bleacher Report:
In his first full minor league season last year, Tebow hit .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs in 126 games between Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie.
By receiving an invite to major league camp, Tebow can compete for a spot on either the Mets’ 25-man Opening Day roster or 40-man roster so he could be added to the MLB team due to injury or poor performance at any point in the season.
Position players are scheduled to report to spring training by Feb. 17 before the Mets have their first full-squad workout two days later.
Tim Tebow has worked hard preparing for the chance to compete in spring training. Whether he ever plays games at the major league level or not, as evidenced by his achievements last year and his invite to spring training this year, no one can call this a PR stunt anymore.