Mets keep their Tim Tebow promise

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Spring training remains Tebow Time.

Tim Tebow, the part-time minor league outfielder, was one of many Mets’ minor leaguers to receive an invite to the major league camp. The 33-year-old will be joined by top prospects Brett Baty, Fonny Mauricio, Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos, Matthew Allan and Pete Crow-Armstrong.

The move doesn’t come as a major surprise, since team president Sandy Alderson in November said he didn’t think Tebow, the former NFL quarterback and college football announcer, was done playing.

“This is not a quest without end,” Alderson said. “At some point it will culminate. But I think that will be at a time when Tim and the organization come to some agreement about where he is and what his potential is. But I didn’t want him to go out based on some COVID-related interruption.”

A hand injury cut Tebow’s season short in 2019, and there were no minor league games last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his three seasons in the minor leagues, Tebow has hit .223 with a .638 OPS while playing almost all of his games in left field.

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