Tebow Timeout

Myworld watched Tim Tebow in a spring training game. He struggled, striking out a couple times and grounding into a double play. The ground out double play brought some positives because it scored a run. Based on what myworld saw, a major league career was a long way from happening. Now that the minor league season is close to two months old myworld thought we would take a look at Tebow to see how his minor league career is progressing.

The New York Mets sent Tebow to Low A Columbia to begin his minor league career. At 29 years of age most would expect him to dominate. Many players dominate at a level where those they are playing against are younger than them. Tebow is not. He is still struggling, but the attendance at games he plays is good. So the opportunities for him to make every effort to succeed will continue. The Tebow experiment continues.

Tebow is hitting .230 with three homeruns. When Michael Jordan began his baseball career he was 31 years of age. He started in AA where he hit .202 with just three homeruns. Michael was able to steal bases with 30 in 48 attempts. The inability to make contact was there too with 114 whiffs in 127 games. At 6′6″ Michael had a strike zone that was three inches larger than Tebow.

Tebow has yet to steal a base, though his speed is stated to be above average. He has also struck out 37 times in 35 games. His .688 OPS is higher than what Jordan could generate at .556. While about 24 percent of the hits Jordan collected went for extra bases, only 22 percent of the hits Tebow has put together have gone for extra bases. The slugging percentage of Tebow is still higher (.369 vs .266) but that is because he has strung together a greater number of singles and his homeruns are equal to Jordan with much fewer at bats. With Tebow the Mets would like to see him generate a little more power and that may come as he gains more experience.

One thing myworld did not know about Tebow is he was born in the Philippines. Perhaps Tebow could play on the Philippines next World Baseball Classic qualifying team. It might not improve their chances of winning a game, but it will generate a lot of publicity, which could attract more youth to baseball in the Philippines.

It has been at least 10 years since Tebow has last played baseball competitively. The Columbia Fireflies and the South Atlantic League is benefiting from his playing. As long as Tebow continues to have fun and he senses progress in the improvement in his skills there is no reason not to let the experiment continue. If Tebow quits too soon he will always have those doubts when he turns 50 that if he had just played a little bit longer he may have gotten his opportunity. Myworld suspects Tebow is not going to have an issue with finding another career once it is recognized that major league baseball will not be a part of his life.

We suspect that if he can not lift his average above .250 and hit double digits in homeruns the Tebow experiment will end after one year.

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