People are talking about Tim Tebow again

Saturday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at a new Tim Tebow rumor, the new best rivalry in baseball and the end of the Braves’ rebuild.

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Everyone started talking about Mets farmhand Tim Tebow again on Friday, and they weren’t talking about how weird it is that the failed pro football player and Heisman trophy winner can now be referred to as a “Mets farmhand.” No, they were talking about a Tim Tebow rumor reported by the New York Post. According to the Post, the Mets are considering promoting Tebow to the next level of the minors sometime after the All-Star break. And that’s certainly a reason to talk about him.

On first glance, Tebow’s current numbers at Class-A aren’t heart-stopping. He’s hitting a middling .250/.330/.370, and that’s over 28 games. He hit a home run in his first game and one in his third game, but none since. But when you look a little closer, you start to actually see the whisper of… something. Over the last 16 games, Tebow has brought his overall average up from a low of .156 to a high of .250. Over that time, he’s hit .327/.413/.436 with four doubles and a triple. That’s not nothing.

And it shouldn’t be nothing. A promotion isn’t and shouldn’t be perfunctory, and it shouldn’t be a device to grab headlines. Tebow and the Mets are already dealing with a lot of accusations that he’s been given preferential treatment, from his job at ESPN to the fact that he was signed at all. For him to be considered a legitimate baseball player in any way, he needs to earn this promotion. And with how he’s currently hitting, he’s well on his way. We’ll just have to wait and see if he can keep it up.

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