Tim Tebow’s stint with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets hasn’t gone too well thus far as the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback looks to make it to the major leagues.
The 31-year-old ex-NFL player has posted an utterly wretched .163 batting average and .505 OPS while striking out 87 times in 208 at-bats. (If his strikeouts were hits, he’d be batting .418.)
On the other hand, those numbers actually represent a massive uptick from last week.
Those three swings of the bat have accounted for more than a fifth of his total bases for the season (12 out of 55).
Tebow had just one home run a week ago.
He now has four.
Plus, these aren’t just little drifting fly balls that barely clear the fence.
The third homer of the bunch, which came against the Buffalo Bisons, was a legitimate bomb to nearly dead center:
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 6, 2019
Unfortunately for Tebow’s team, the home run wasn’t enough to lift the squad to a win.
The homer cut the lead to 4-2, but the Bisons, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, ultimately prevailed 8-2.
With the loss, the Syracuse Mets dropped to 42-45 on the season.
They’re currently in fifth place out of the six teams in the International League’s North division, eight games behind the Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Thanks in part to Tebow’s hitting (or lack thereof), the Mets are batting just .253 as a team.
But then again, this is Tim Tebow we’re talking about here.
He hit just .194 for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League in 2016 and .226 in Single-A in 2017.
But last year, he was an Eastern League All-Star, hitting .273 and getting on base more than a third of the time. Before an injury derailed his season, there were even rumors floating around about a September call-up to the big leagues.
Tebow has been on fire over the past six games.
Besides the home runs, he has reached base safely in all six contests, batting .286.
On the downside, he’s going to have a bit of a break in his momentum, as all levels of baseball take an All-Star break in July.
It’s also worth noting that Tebow, for all the complaints people made about his age when he first started out in professional baseball, is still only 31 years old.
Of the six players aside from Tebow who have collected 230 plate appearances with the Syracuse Mets this year, four of them are older than him.
Tebow may never get that happy ending his sports movie of a life seems otherwise destined for, but make no mistake about it — his three homers just reminded the entire world that he’s more than capable of succeeding in professional baseball.
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