Tim Tebow Can't Catch A Break

posted by Scot Chestnut - 

Tim Tebow is a genuinely nice guy, and even though I dreaded seeing him on the field when he was the quarterback at Florida, that was only because he was just too good when he faced my team. Not infallible, but a great player all-around. Two national championships and a Heisman Trophy attest to his talent and ability to lead.

Heisman winners often disappoint when they make the move to the NFL, but Tebow's failure to transition is almost legendary. He had some amazing come-from-behind wins at Denver and a first-round playoff win against Pittsburgh in 2011... the Broncos showed their gratitude by trading him to the New York Jets, where he languished as a backup. He attempted to make comebacks with New England (2013) and Philadelphia (2015), but never made their rosters.


He has since made a switch to baseball, and was showing great promise in his first full season as a Binghamton Rumble Pony (AA team for the Mets). He's been batting .273 with six home runs and a .336 on-base percentage. It looked like he had a legitimate shot at moving up to the majors before the end of the season, most likely with roster expansions in September. At the age of 30 (31 next month), things were looking bright.

However, Tebow broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat during Thursday's Binghamton game - a rather unusual injury. He was placed on the disabled list on Saturday, and he's scheduled for surgery tomorrow. He's most likely done for the season, so his move to the majors probably won't happen in 2018. That's a shame.

Scot Chestnut

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