As MLB teams prepare their rosters ahead of the shortened 2020 season, the New York Mets have yet to rule out outfielder Tim Tebow from their 60-player pool.
According to General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, the option of bringing Tebow in is still up in the air:
We do still have 10 spots that we haven’t made final determinations on, who we will be bringing,” Van Wagenen said on a video call with reporters on Monday, per Syracuse.com. “He was in camp with us early on in camp last spring. He was sent out to minor league camp a couple weeks into it.“
“But he, like many of the other players that were in spring training for us, will be in consideration to bring back. But we haven’t made those final decisions.”
Despite an Heisman Trophy in 2007, his success in college football has not correlated to the sport of professional baseball. Over the course of 1,048 plate appearances, Tebow has totaled a .223 batting average to go with 18 home runs and 108 RBIs.
During the 2019 season specifically, Tebow maintained a .163 batting average alongside four home runs and 19 RBIs with the Mets’ AAA affiliate in Syracuse.
A decision regarding minor league baseball has yet to be made considering the current pandemic across the United States. Still, the Mets are committed to paying minor league players through August via stipend.
“As of now, we don’t have an update to the minor league season,” Van Wagenen said. “Our players continue to stay in shape in preparation of a return to baseball. A number of players who would have been on the Syracuse roster are currently or will be in our player pool.”