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Tim Tebow not fazed by criticism of his promotion

Tim Tebow not fazed by criticism of his promotion”

The Heisman Trophy victor and two-time national champion while at Florida and former NFL quarterback, Tebow signed with the Mets Sept. 8.

If Tebow improves at Advanced A St. Lucie, could the 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor be called up to the big leagues?

Tebow was batting just.222 at Class A Columbia, but Sandy Alderson says the Mets were impressed by his improving exit velocity, metrics.

Tebow certainly looked comfortable in the Fireflies' clubhouse, despite his being a decade older than several of his teammates.

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It's been one big slog of disheartening news for the Mets this season, from Matt Harvey's off-field antics and injury problems to Noah Syndergaard's MRI-related hijinks to Asdrubal Cabrera's dissatisfaction over playing second base.

The Fireflies were second in the league with an average attendance of 5,230 heading into Sunday's 2-1 loss to Kannapolis, and Tebow's presence led to sellouts and big crowds at almost every road stop.

While his numbers aren't anything to write home about, the Mets didn't sign Tebow to see what he could do in low A ball. Tebow spent time on the rosters of the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in the next two preseasons but never made it to a regular season roster. Am I finding things I can do damage with?' Tebow said. Tebow is likely to begin his time with St. Lucie on Tuesday night, when the Mets open a home series against the Palm Beach Cardinals. The lowest attendance for any of Tebow's 63 games this year was 2,645, almost double the average FSL game. The RiverDogs mascot wore eyeblack like Tebow with the Biblical passage, "John 3:16" on them.

He jokingly added that he still wasn't a fan of Gamecocks.



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