Tim Tebow was invited to this year's Mets major league spring training camp for the first time this year, signaling the possibility that he will get a chance to play in major league games later this season.
More cynical minds see Tebow's invite as a promotional stunt, that will allow the Mets to sell more spring training tickets. That's not to say they're planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he'll ever get to playing with the team's big league roster on an everyday basis.
Tebow was one of nine minor league prospects invited to the camp after playing for Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie teams previous year, according to Bleacher Report. While those are not normally the stats that would garner a big-league camp invite, the 30-year-old Tebow is seemingly on an accelerated schedule because of his age and his fame.
The Mets announced the news on Twitter Friday morning.
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He participated in the Mets' minor league spring training previous year, but did appear in nine Grapefruit League games, going 4-for-27 (.148) with no extra-base hits and eight strikeouts.
There are definitely some out there who believe this to be the case.
"In looking back, there's a lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning moments", he said. He batted a cumulative.226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a.656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017.