Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets GM Expects Tebow in Majors

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets GM Expects Tebow in Majors

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The moment Tim Tebow officially became an MLB prospect occurred roughly around 12:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was praising Tebow for his first year in the minors when he suddenly changed the narrative surrounding the ex-Jets quarterback.

"I think he will play in the major leagues. That's my guess. That's my hope and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation," Alderson said on the eve of the Mets' first full-squad workout. "I'm happy he's here. I think he's great for the team and great for baseball and was phenomenal for minor league baseball last year. The notion he should've been excluded from the game because he's not coming through the traditional sources is crazy. This is entertainment too. He quietly entertains us."

With that statement, Tebow's attempt to play in the majors now has to be viewed within a different prism. No longer can the outfielder be considered a novelty act. The Mets view him as a potential big leaguer, and Tebow needs to scrutinized as such even if he faces daunting odds to stick around the majors for more than a cup of coffee.

The door is now open for Tebow to join the ranks of professional dual-sport athletes.

"My goal isn't about what's going to happen one day. My goal is to focus on this day – my outfield work, my training sessions, my getting to know all the new coaches and working as hard as I can," Tebow said after reporting to camp. "One of the important things about being athlete is being able to lock in and have tunnel vision, because I can't worry about one day if I'm going to play in the bigs or not. ...Wherever they decide to put me, I'm going to be able to lock in and give it everything I have."

The partnership between Tebow and the Mets has always been heavily scrutinized due to his lack of experience and the harsh reality about him ever being a useful player.

The Mets were criticized for signing Tebow, but Alderson maintained that there was no downside to the move. …

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