Tim Tebow is hitting bombs in Spring Training. Baseball (or, well, Florida football) fans who want to see him play during the regular season may need to take a trip to Upstate New York.
Last season, his first full year in the New York Mets organization, he split time between the Columbia Fireflies and St. Lucie Mets. The two organizations are both A-level squads.
Across those two teams, Tebow had a slash line of .226/.309/.347. He did hit eight home runs and knock in 52 RBIs during his 126 games.
Tebow could be back in Columbia, or stay in St. Lucie to start the year. However, the Mets probably want to see him take a step up in competition, even with middling results in 2017.
Earlier this month Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that he thinks Tebow can be a major leaguer. If that comes to fruition, his first stop this year might be in Double-A.
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets want to start Tim Tebow with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
It’s interesting to note that two of the most fascinating figures this spring are on minor-league deals. That would be Shohei Ohtani and Tim Tebow, the former Heisman winner. Word is, if Tebow has a decent spring, the Mets would love to place him at Double-A Binghamton. Of course, if he doesn’t, he’s a monster draw in Florida, at Port St. Lucie.
Rumble Pony is a pretty appropriate description of Tebow's playing style as a quarterback, so this works on a few levels. The Mets Triple-A affiliate this year is the Las Vegas 51s, so that is the remaining potential option for Tebow.
However, it makes most sense for the Mets to have Tebow advance to Double-A ball first. If that is the case, fans in these local towns, on top of those in New York's Southern Tier, may see Tebow come around. Here are the first home series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies for each team.
-Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox affiliate, Portland, ME): 4/13-4/15
-New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, Manchester, NH): 4/16-4/19
-Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers affiliate, Erie, PA): 4/27-4/29
-Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians affiliate, Akron, OH): 4/30-5/2
-Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies affiliate, Hartford, CT): 5/7-5/9
-Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals affiliate, Harrisburg, PA): 6/5-6/7
-Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees affiliate, Trenton, NJ): 6/8-6/10
-Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles affiliate, Bowie, MD): 7/23-7/25
-Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, Altoona, PA): 7/26-7/29
-Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants affiliate, Richmond, VA): 8/7-8/9
-Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia Phillies affiliate, Reading, PA): 8/10-8/12
First, we have to see how Tim Tebow deals with opposing pitchers in Spring training. Get ready though, we have another baseball season of Tebow-filled intrigue ahead of us.