Tim Tebow keeps proving his baseball career is no joke.
Scores of people doubted the devout Christian and former NFL quarterback would be able to compete as a pro-baseball player when he first announced the transition in 2016.
So far, he’s answered those doubters and then some.
In the past, NBC Sports called Tebow “an insult to real baseball players,” while the Washington Post called his baseball career “a publicity stunt.” It appears these outlets, and many others, were completely wrong about the athlete.
That’s because Tebow is most likely on track to play in the big leagues this season, if all continues to go well for him in the next two months. He has climbed up the minor leagues relatively quick; he is already in Double-A despite making his pro-baseball debut last year. Plus, he’s actually competent at the plate.
Through 77 games for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (the Mets Double-A affiliate), the 6-foot-3, 240-pound left fielder has hit .269, with five home runs and a .727 OPS (on base plus slugging percentage). It is a drastic improvement over the .226 batting average and .656 OPS he put up in Single-A just last year — and an indication he’s continued working hard to improve at a sport he had not played since high school.
Tebow’s especially been heating up at the plate lately. The 30-year-old batted .301 in June and collected nine hits in 23 at-bats in his first seven games in July, according to MiLB.com. Tebow told the site he initially struggled with the short turnaround and the small amount of time players have to prepare for their next opponent — but that’s not as much of an issue for him anymore.
“The biggest challenge is probably adapting from game to game, series to series with the pitchers, and seeing how much they change,” he told MiLB.com. “You’ll see that there might be a team that throws you a certain way, and it works and they stay on it or it’s not working and they adjust and you have to adjust.”
Tebow’s recent momentum also earned him a spot in the Eastern League All-Star game. Though he competed against other MLB teams’ top prospects in the contest, he managed to hit a double.
WATCH: @TimTebow doubles in first Eastern League All-Star Game at bat pic.twitter.com/PFGB4HKpJL
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) July 12, 2018
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