JUPITER, Fla. — Just when Tim Tebow finally started rolling he received a demotion. The former Heisman Trophy winner went at the plate Wednesday and made a leaping catch in deep right field, but after the Mets’ loss to the Marlins, manager Terry Collins indicated Tebow now will start playing minor league exhibition games.
Of course, Collins proclaimed Tebow was finished with the Mets after a stint last week. But the organization soon reversed course and brought him back to play the outfield the past three days. Tebow reached on an infield hit in his first Wednesday before smashing a solid to left center for a single.
The former quarterback is (. 214) at the plate in the Grapefruit League. “It’s [been] an awesome opportunity, and I’m trying to make the most of it as far as a learning opportunity,” Tebow said.
“Learn from as many of the guys, as many of the coaches, as possible and try to absorb as much knowledge as possible. ” Tebow began the game in right field and later shifted to left, replacing Yoenis Cespedes. In the fifth inning, Tebow — still in right — robbed J.
T. Realmuto of a double with a leaping grab at the warning track. “I think I’ve had fun every game,” Tebow said.
“But this one there was a lot of action. When there is a lot of action, that is also fun. ” Collins says Tebow has improved since arriving.
“That was the point,” Collins said. “That’s why he’s here — to see if he can make some strides, and he’s made very good strides. ”.