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Tim Tebow saves a fans life in the AFL?

Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by soxhop411, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. SydneySox

    SydneySox A dash of cool to add the heat SoSH Member

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    Today, the Australian Baseball League announced they are offering a spot to Tebow:

    The ABL in literally just the last two weeks severed official ties to the MLB and is now Australian owned; obviously this is also an attention seeking marketing stunt.
     
  2. NDame616

    NDame616 will bailey SoSH Member

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    Sorry I think that's a stretch to think that showing he's a below average player will somehow give him more of a chance to be a baseball announcer. I suppose anything is possible, but I think if he's gonna go to the booth it'll be back in college football.
     
  3. Fred not Lynn

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    If he can competently play a full season of professional baseball at any level, he's already an above average player.
     
  4. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    Watching clips of the workout, he struck me as way too bulky and stiff. He looked like a linebacker and I know that's what he played as at qb, but it's not a physique I see a lot of baseball players have. He looked huge. If you can pound the ball like the steroid crew, sure, but he just physically didn't look like a baseball player to me, watching it. I understand how crude that assessment is and I'm no scout, but I have to imagine it's not too crazy of a viewpoint.
     
  5. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    And that's his soft seat. He could spend the next forty years doing college football on the Lee Corso train, taking the reigns when Lee kicks the bucket. But I don't blame the guy for trying to max out an adidas deal and some publicity.
     
  6. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    So he didn't want to play another position in the NFL, or play QB in the CFL, but he thinks playing minor league baseball after 11 years out of the sport is a good idea? Weird.
     
  7. santadevil

    santadevil Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    That's what I thought immediately too. He looks like a hulking beast.

    Also swing seems a bit awkward still. The few cuts I saw, he didn't seem to square up the ball. But that may have been the "highlights" that SportsNet showed.
     
  8. troparra

    troparra Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Tebow workout column up on USA Today - http://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...howcase-workout-scouts-usc-reaction/89611816/

    Some conflicting information here.
    For example:
    And...
    But then right below that they have a chart showing Tebow's power at 30 (i.e. "Organizational").
     
  9. OilCanShotTupac

    OilCanShotTupac Sunny von Bulow Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Sounds to me like a great athlete who can't hit a David Aardsma curveball.

    That's it, isn't it?
     
  10. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Well that, the PR boost and the click bait for his partners in crime at ESPN
     
  11. Plympton91

    Plympton91 bubble burster SoSH Member

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    Todd Hollandsworth said the same thing as PP above about the physique and lack of flexibility just being wrong for a baseball player.

    The other thing that screams "not serious" to me is that he's talking about finishing out his college football announcing duties and then going to spring training. Dude, you're 29 years old, if you want this to happen you needed to start yesterday.

    I think if he was really serious he'd be saying he wanted to sign a contract today, head to instructional league tomorrow, play winter ball in Australia (since upthread is says they made an offer), then come back for spring training and hope to make a full season A ball squad.
     
  12. leetinsley38

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    He looks like he's be perfect for the ESPN company slow pitch softball team.
    Will we ever see another 2 sport star like Bo Jackson or Deion?
     
  13. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

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    Wait ... this is a 29 year old football washout holding an ESPN-fest tryout after not playing organized ball for over a decade and this is what screamed "not serious" to you?

    (I kid, I kid. I know what you were trying to say.)

    Not sure if this was mentioned before (scanned and did not see it) but Tebow announced a long-term endorsement deal signed with Adidas right before the tryout.
     
  14. Jnai

    Jnai is not worried about sex with goats SoSH Member

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    I saw a number of reports that people put a 65/70 power on him. That's elite MLB skill, a plus-plus talent, all-star level power.

    Those reports might be false, or might be jokes, or whatever. But if you normally have a player with a 7 power, they're going to get a look.
     
  15. drleather2001

    drleather2001 given himself a skunk spot SoSH Member

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    Wily Mo Tebow!
     
  16. Jnai

    Jnai is not worried about sex with goats SoSH Member

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    Again, I know, haha he can't hit a curveball, but Wily Mo Pena put up some good seasons with some legit home runs in MLB. Most organizations would sign 15 WMPs in a heartbeat.
     
  17. Snodgrass'Muff

    Snodgrass'Muff oppresses WARmongers SoSH Member

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    Yo, bartender, Christos needs a refill!
     
  18. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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    “@JonHeyman: Braves are among teams interested in Tebow. @pedrogomezESPN mentioned 1st”


    Of course.
     
  19. Fred not Lynn

    Fred not Lynn Dick Button Jr. SoSH Member

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    Braves own their minor league teams...
     
  20. The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

    The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa Member SoSH Member

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    Surprised it's not the Colorado Rockies.
     
  21. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Funny you should mention that

    @1043TheFan
    Pedro Gomez tells us the two #MLB organizations he has heard have the most interest in Tim Tebow are the #Rockies & #Braves.
     
  22. Remagellan

    Remagellan Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Adam Schefter says it's the Mets:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 13m13 minutes ago
    Mets are signing Tim Tebow to a minor-league contract, an MLB source tells ESPN. Instructional League or Arizona Fall League next for Tebow.
     
  23. adam42381

    adam42381 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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  24. Lowrielicious

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    That depends.
    Do you count bowling as a sport?
     
  25. Detts

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    This is absolutely ridiculous. Wasting an AFL spot on Tebow? Really?
     
  26. CoffeeNerdness

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    Not sure where Schefter is getting the AFL bit of info, but the official Mets Twitter says Instructional League.

     
  27. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

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    That is the Metsiest thing they've done for a while.
     
    #127 Average Reds, Sep 8, 2016
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  28. semsox

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    Imagine thinking that Tebow could play well enough to be in the AFL
     
  29. Clears Cleaver

    Clears Cleaver Lil' Bill SoSH Member

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    Mets own their Brooklyn affiliate. My guess is he goes there to help sell tickets.
     
  30. Obscure Name

    Obscure Name Member SoSH Member

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    Is MiLB merchandise subject to revenue sharing?
     
  31. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Classic Tebow

    What would Tim Tebow deem success during his baseball pursuit? Is it major leagues or bust? "I would consider success giving everything I have," he said.
     
  32. Fred not Lynn

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    It appears that he is headed for Florida instructs. I had the same thought, no way is he going to be AFL level...
     
  33. soxhop411

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    “@jareddiamond: ”This decision was strictly driven by baseball. This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort.“”

    “@jareddiamond: That last quote was by Sandy Alderson.”


    *cough* bullshit *cough*
     
  34. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

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  35. grimshaw

    grimshaw the new rudy SoSH Member

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    He's obviously got no chance, but one thing I'm tired of hearing (Merloni, the robot) is that he's taking someone else's job. I mean, sure, some guy won't be able to work part time, literally below poverty level for 3 to 7k for 5 months, but the majority of all minor leaguers know they have no prayer, many are undrafted non-prospects, and are signed to be soldiers. Someone has to ride the pine and fill in.

    If he can't play he won't make it past the level he starts in. I'd be shocked if he lasts 3 months.
     
  36. HriniakPosterChild

    HriniakPosterChild Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If they knew that, I think they'd pick a different career. Instead, how about, "I just want to give it my best shot and, good lord willing, things will work out."
     
  37. grimshaw

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    My point is that they can't live on that salary anyhow in rookie ball, so presumably have full time non-related baseball jobs the other 7 months of the year if things don't work out.

    It's not a lot different than when nepotism shows up in the last rounds of the draft. I think Jimy Williams and Joe Kerrigan's relatives were in the same draft one year.

    If it were the AFL or something like AA where Jordan took up space too long, that would legitimately be taking away someone's opportunity since it's reserved for talented minor leaguers.
     
    #137 grimshaw, Sep 8, 2016
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  38. soxfan121

    soxfan121 JAG Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Never underestimate an individual's capacity for self-delusion.

    IOW, they know, they just don't want to admit they know.
     
  39. Fred not Lynn

    Fred not Lynn Dick Button Jr. SoSH Member

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    Or maybe they just like playing baseball...
     
  40. Rasputin

    Rasputin Will outlive SeanBerry Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    And they're at an age where they can afford to spend a few years on a lark. Would any of us not want to have a couple minor league seasons in our past? I know if I had them, it would be on every resume for the rest of my life even if it's only as an icebreaker in interviews and conversations.
     
  41. Fred not Lynn

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    ...and there's also lots of professional opportunity in the baseball field off the field that you can get a better shot at with the network and credentials you get from playing pro ball for a while. Today's low level minor leaguers are tomorrow's coaches, instructors, academy and travel team owners, tournament operators, etc...
     
  42. Plympton91

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    The Red Sox gave an AFL slot to Casey Kelly as a 19 year old Gulf Coast League SS as part of his contract deal to let him try both pitching and SS even though everyone knew he was going to be a P.

    On MLB Netwodk tonight they said he got a $100,000 signing bonus. Yeah,I think some unemployed lawyers should file an anti trust lawsuit against the major league draft.
     
  43. BigMike

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    And while a lot of these guys may know they are not going to make the majors, many are looking to have a career in baseball, coaching, etc, and doing a couple of years in the minors makes them far more valuable for those jobs.

    In terms of Tebow, ESPN is hammering on the publicity stunt angle. It's not like the Mets really gain anything by selling an additional 20k tickets at Port St Lucie. Even if he goes to Brooklyn which they own, the Mets absolutely pack it in there now, so a few hundred more tickets a game at a minimal price means nothing.

    Ultimately I think Tebow has about a 1/250 maybe 1/1000 chance of making it in baseball. But on the extremely unlikely chance he makes it, he could be very good for a few years
     
  44. HriniakPosterChild

    HriniakPosterChild Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    You might want to read one of Dirk Hayurst's books. Career opportunities are kinda limited when you know you won't be there when March rolls around.
     
  45. grimshaw

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    nm - poor argument from me.
     
    #145 grimshaw, Sep 10, 2016
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  46. NDame616

    NDame616 will bailey SoSH Member

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    That is DRIPPING with irony.....
     
  47. WayBackVazquez

    WayBackVazquez white knight against high school nookie Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    This is more vague than a fortune cookie.
     
  48. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Read his books anyway. Someone here recommended them last year and I was very happy reading all of them.
     
  49. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Can't find the article now but obviously this didn't go over well with some of the minor league kids who got next to nothing and are really playing their hearts out for the love of the game. They took to Twitter (of course) to voice their displeasure. In the larger picture they don't understand it and of course they didn't win the Heisman either!
     
  50. HriniakPosterChild

    HriniakPosterChild Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    It's a really hard life down in the minors, not all glamorous like in Bull Durham.
     

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