In case anyone was wondering, Tim Tebow is still playing minor league baseball for the New York Mets’ franchise.
And he just had the best month of his baseball career.
Tebow’s season with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies started out just as it did with the two teams prior — his professional debut with the Class A Columbia Fireflies and his first game with the Mets’ Class A-Advanced squad in St. Lucie, Florida.
In each instance, the former quarterback homered in his first game in front of a sold-out crowd. Then, things cooled off, as Tebow’s bat grew silent and the strikeouts piled up.
These days, he’s making a little more noise in double-A ball.
The Tebow timeline
When Tebow traded in his football helmet for a baseball glove, he knew there would be challenges, especially since the last time he played baseball was in high school. Those two national titles at Florida certainly didn’t come on the baseball diamond, and neither did the Heisman Trophy he won in 2007.
But after batting .226 through the month of April this season, Tebow started figuring it out. He hit his second homer of the season on May 3 and homered again in the team’s next game.
By the end of May, Tebow had four long balls on the season with a .234 batting average.
Then June happened. The former Denver Broncos’ quarterback put together the best run of his minor league career, going 21 for 66 through June 28. That's good for a .318 average.
And while he hit just one homer in June, he added 11 RBIs to his stat line and saw increases in his on-base percentage. Also, Tebow recorded a hit in 16 of his first 22 games during the month.
Tebow has been one of the few bright spots for the Rumble Ponies. His 30 RBIs are the third best on the team, and he’s also among the team leaders in walks and hits.
But it hasn’t all been sunny skies. The average is up, but so are the strikeouts. Heading into the weekend, Tebow’s 88 punchouts were 24 ahead of his nearest teammate and ranked second in the double-A Eastern League.
Is it time?
While Tebow is heating up, the Mets are cooling down. They started the season with a 12-2 record and seemed like they were heading for a pennant crown.
Now, they’re fourth in the National League East with playoff hopes seeming futile as the Atlanta Braves and others continue their rise.
It seems like the perfect time to call up a minor leaguer or two to see how that talent in the farm system will fare on the big stage.
At this point, why not Tebow? He’s arguably the hottest bat in the Mets’ system, and he’s been known to sell out stadiums for his team and the opponent.
Plus, let’s face it. With the Mets struggling, Citi Field could use a little excitement.