It has been a tale of two Spring Trainings for New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow. Days after hitting a legitimate bomb against the Detroit Tigers, he made a horrible gaffe with a chance to close out today’s game.
The Mets led the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in the top of the ninth in today’s game. With two outs and no one on, he had a chance to close things out for pitcher Ryley Gilliam. It didn’t work out that way.
On an 0-2 count, Gilliam forced Max Schrock into a lightly hit fly ball out to left. Tim Tebow ran over, in what should have been plenty of time to record the out. Instead, he tripped over what looks like a very loose shoelace, and the ball landed right in front of him.
The very generous scorekeeper did not rule this an error on the Heisman winner. It unfairly went down as a double against Gilliam instead. Luckily, it didn’t wind up costing the Mets; Gilliam forced Edmundo Sosa to fly out to right fielder Quinn Brodey moments later to end the game.
Tebows shoe was untied. Dosent count pic.twitter.com/g9OB4Y33RK
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In 2018, Tim Tebow showed some promise, batting .273 with a .734 OPS for Double-A Binghamton. He his six home runs and 14 doubles in 271 at-bats through 84 games, before injury derailed his season.
Triple-A did not go nearly as well in 2019. He hit just .163 on the season. His numbers were down pretty much across the board, and strikeouts continue to be a massive issue. He struck out in 41-percent of his at-bats last season.
Tebow will turn 33 toward the end of the season, which he’s expected to start back up at Triple-A Syracuse. Time is running out on his baseball career here.