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.