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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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Phillies Acquire Corey Dickerson

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

However, the Pirates will not be receiving a player in return at this moment, and instead will be receive international bonus allotments and a player to be named later.

Dickerson, 30, has posted a .317/.376/.556 batting line this season.

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Mets Plan To Keep Edwin Diaz

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The New York Mets apparently won’t be dealing any big names at the trade deadline as they reportedly won’t be trading Edwin Diaz, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Diaz has drawn plenty of interest recently, but the Mets may not be ready to deal him, after they gave up two prospects to the Seattle Mariners to land him in an offseason trade.

Diaz hasn’t been able to replicate the same magic he had in Seattle last season, posting a 5.05 ERA and blowing 5 of 28 save opportunities.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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