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Hot Take: Tim Tebow Beginning To Show He Can Perform At The MLB Level

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Love him or hate him, you have to admit at this point that Tim Tebow’s persistence to make it as a baseball player is endearing. It almost seems like people want him to fail at times, but he keeps pushing on, showing progression both as a player and overall athlete.

The last part doesn’t surprise me nearly as much as the first. Professional football players are some of the most rounded athletes in the world, with the ability to simultaneously execute at the highest levels of strength, power, endurance, and technical skill.

Then add on that Tebow wasn’t just any pro football player; he was one of the best in the world, winning an ESPY for “Best Male College Athlete” in 2007 and the Heishman Trophy at Florida State in 2009. As you can see, Tebow can easily outperform *most* athletes in the MLB, and certainly in the minors. Now it’s just a matter of executing the technical ability required to hang in the big show.

Though his overall numbers for Binghamton aren’t overly impressive — Tebow had a slash line of .256/.335/.402 with five home runs and 27 RBIs through Monday — his .737 OPS through 224 plate appearances is 81 points better than the mark he posted a year ago. And over his previous 18 games, he batted .321 (17-for-53) with an impressive .848 OPS. He hit safely in 11 of his previous 15 games and had a stellar 315/.362/.481 slash line this month. –New York Post writer Zach Braziller

Outside from the fact that he pulls a huge crowd every time he plays (reminiscent of when Michael Jordan made a run at baseball) he also is showing improvement as a baseball player. It’s only a matter of time before his hustle earns him a spot on the Met’s Triple-A roster, and then we will really see if he has what it takes to make it to the show.

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deGrom Tommy John Scare Apparently Over For Mets

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Mets superstar Jacob deGrom feels better after his Tommy John scare yesterday (NESN).

The New York Mets made an announcement on Friday that surely had baseball fans in Queens screaming and running around in circles.

The team’s golden goose Jacob deGrom, the National League’s reigning Cy Young winner, was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Manager Mickey Callaway then stated his ace would placed on the 10-day disabled list and undergo an MRI on his right elbow after it was reportedly “barking” after a Friday bullpen session.

However, the Mets have apparently backed down from DEFCON 1, as deGrom threw today in the outfield at New Busch Stadium and told the media afterwards that he felt okay.

“It’s just a little sore,” he said to ESPN. deGrom has been experiencing illness and recent weeks and went on to attribute that to the discomfort in his arm, stating he decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

“I had been sick since Atlanta and kinda had a whole-body soreness. For me when I don’t throw, it seems that things pop up and I wasn’t on a normal routine. I was trying to just get enough in to be able to make my start and I felt a little soreness in my elbow. I decided to say something and talked it over with Mickey and [Mets pitching coach] Dave [Eiland].

Fans across baseball knew exactly what the Mets were getting at when the news broke. When coupled together, “T” and “J” are the two most infamous letters in the game, and it looked like the notorious operation was stalking its most high-profile victim in years.

deGrom has already undergone Tommy John surgery in once before, but that was back in 2010 when he was in the rookie class Appalachian League. Nine years later he’s the best pitcher in baseball, and it would be a horrible shame to see his meteoric momentum halted so abruptly.

It remains to be seen if deGrom will miss a prolonged period of time, or if there is actual damage to his elbow, but Mets fans can let out a sigh of relief and breathe easy, at least for the time being.

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Mets Activate Travis d’Arnaud, Option Tomas Nido

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The New York Mets have activated veteran catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the 10-day injured list, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Mets have optioned catcher Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse.

d’Arnaud has struggled with injuries and will take the field for the firs time in almost a year, following season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April.`

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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