Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Mets GM: Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

Mets GM: Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues

The last time Tim Tebow played in NY, he suited up for an ineffective Mark Sanchez.

"Somebody asked me whether I think he'll be a major-league player at some point".

He'll get the quickest route to the major leagues because that's ultimately where they think he belongs.

Alderson went on to say that Tebow would play in the majors, adding: "That's my guess, that's my hope and, to some extent now, a modest expectation". However, this season, he may be drawing the biggest crowds of his professional life - if #New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson is correct about his prediction for the former Heisman trophy victor [VIDEO].

"This experiment, if you will, is not gonna last forever", Alderson said, via SNY. Sunday in Port St. Lucie, he was more willing to say that he wants to be in the major leagues, but he doesn't seem quite as confident as Alderson. "The notion that he should have been excluded from the game because he's not coming through the traditional sources, I think, is insane". "That would accelerate his development rather than falling back on protocol".

The expectation isn't simply that Tebow will earn his keep through baseball skills, but through what he can do to help the team do justice to its main reason for existence: To persuade people to part with their money and/or their time to attend and/or to watch Mets games. He was asked about Alderson's prediction.

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"My goal isn't about what's going to happen one day", Tebow said.

"It's hard to fully make changes in a season when you're competing one night, you work on it the next day and you compete the next night". "I've got too many important things going on, and I'm getting ready for spring training in slightly over a week". He spent the offseason working in orphanages and has been recently staging proms for disabled children. He's tweaked his swing in an attempt to be looser and more aggressive (a Baseball America scouting report indicated he had a stiff swing last year).

"I think for me [the biggest difference] was going into the offseason knowing what I had to work on because [2017 was] my first time playing a season for 12 years, since my junior year of high school", the 30-year-old Tebow said. "It's hard for those changes to really lock in". He's gonna be a great addition over the next six weeks. "You don't have to go compete that night, so that makes it a little bit easier to sink in".

The 30-year-old Tebow has already had success on another field.

Tebow split last season between Single-A Columbia and Advanced Single-A St. Lucie. The Mets feel that his presence in the clubhouse is a positive one for the minor leaguers in the organization and positive for their minor league affiliates since they've seen an increase in attendance.

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