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Watch: Tim Tebow Responds Minutes After Being Cut from Mets Camp

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The New York Mets included outfielder Tim Tebow in their latest round of cuts Tuesday, reassigning the former Heisman Trophy winner to minor league camp.

The 31-year old Tebow, however, took it all in stride, calling it a great learning experience and adding that he’s “all in” on pursuing his goal of becoming a Major Leaguer.

“I think (I’ve gained) so much more experience, and the opportunity to work every day, and then try to perform as well. But just I think the learning aspect of it and just being able to learn from all the players and coaches and really just take it as a huge opportunity to go and get better,” Tebow told reporters at the Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Tebow, a former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback, went 4-for-15 with an RBI during spring training.

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He is expected to start the year at Triple-A Syracuse, according to MLB.com. That would be one step up from where he started last year at Double-A Binghamton.

“It’s a lot, you know,” Tebow said when asked what he learned. “I’ll tell you how much I learned just from Robby (Robinson Cano), working with him extra, what his mindset is getting ready for games, and in games and at the plate.”

“Just so much from him and Chili (Davis, Mets hitting coach) and everybody,” he added.

He said it’s a far cry from last year.

“It’s like night and day,” he said. “Last year, the start was so disappointing, just day one getting injured and then it’s like an uphill battle the whole time and it’s just very frustrating.

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“This year I feel like it’s a very different atmosphere, just being able to learn and work and improve and also show that as well.”

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Tebow went 1 for 18 at spring training last year before he was reassigned to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. But he had a solid season there before breaking a bone in his hand in July that put him on the shelf for the rest of the year.

Tebow hit .273 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Binghampton. He also made the Eastern League All-Star team.

The quarterback-turned-outfielder still has his sights set on improving and taking the next step.

“Every day I’m all in pursuing this, and if you’ve been around here you’ve seen that,” he said. “That’s just my goal, and we’re going to give it as good a shot as we can.”

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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