Tebow kicked upstairs

Despite some generally meh statistics, Tim Tebow is being promoted within the Mets system:

The New York Mets are promoting Tim Tebow to the St. Lucie Mets, their High-A affiliate, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported Sunday.

Tebow has spent the season with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, and he has a .222/.311/.340 slash line in 241 plate appearances. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has also hit 3 home runs and driven in 22 runs.

There are, however, numbers to justify moving Tebow upward:

In May, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported Fireflies attendance was up 30 percent in 2017 compared to last year, and Baseball America‘s J.J. Cooper calculated Tebow’s presence was worth an additional $44,200 a game in terms of merchandise and ticket revenue.

Which brings us to the punchline:

CBSSports.com’s Mike Axisa wrote the Mets had a vested interest in moving Tebow to St. Lucie regardless of his performance at the plate. As the owners of the St. Lucie Mets, the Mets organization would collect a share of any financial boost created by Tebow’s presence. The Mets don’t own the Fireflies, so that hasn’t been the case so far.

If that $44k figure holds, Sterling Mets stands to make an extra $2 million for the rest of the season. And it means there’s no more upward pressure for a while, since the Mets don’t have an equity interest in their Double-A club, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

7 comments

  1. J T »

    27 June 2017 · 2:40 pm

    Money makes the world go round!

  2. Roger O Green »

    27 June 2017 · 3:22 pm

    You’ve managed to mention the Rumble Ponies TWICE in recent weeks. Are they paying you?! ;-)

  3. fillyjonk »

    27 June 2017 · 3:37 pm

    That said, Rumble Ponies is a wonderful team name.

  4. CGHill »

    27 June 2017 · 4:07 pm

    I don’t get a dime from the Rumble Ponies. It’s just that things fall that way sometimes.

  5. McG »

    27 June 2017 · 5:07 pm

    Do male fans call themselves Rumble Bronies?

  6. John Salmon »

    27 June 2017 · 6:34 pm

    The only relevant (baseball) stat here is the three HR in 241 PA. Tebow has prodigious BP power, which the Mets might’ve fantasized would be seen in actual games. Nope.

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