Skip to comments.Watch: Tebow Picks Up First Hit of Spring Training (Video at source)
Posted on 03/03/2018 6:08:47 AM PST by RoosterRedux
New York Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow notched his first hit of the spring Friday.
The Heisman winner and former NFL quarterback served as the teams cleanup hitter as they faced Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
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TT saw three pitches in 49 seconds from Scherzer for a K. Tebow is now 1 for 7 in Spring Training.
The hit came off Erick Fedde.
If he is any good, NFL teams will be calling
Probably too far out of football. Kurt Warner, by the time he joined the Rams, had three seasons in Arena football and a season in Europe under contract to the Rams. Warner then spent a year on the NFL Rams bench.
Tebow is a natural athlete and a genuinely nice guy.
NFL will never call Tebow for reasons of politics. When Belichick passed on him, his football days were over.
At this point (age 30) he’s well past his best years for football, and even the end of baseball is staring him down.
I heard Russell Wilson was in the Yankee spring training camp...
He is no better player than I was, although he draws a bit more of a crowd than I did. Honestly, I could hit for a higher average than him, with less power and I was a marginal walk on in college. I wouldn’t want to face Scherzer either, who is also a Mizzou alum.
Indeed he was, but I think it was just for the fun of it.
A NORMAL fastball today is in the 90’s-100’s, with some nasty movement on it, even in the minors. It tends to have a darwinian effect on hitters, leaving only a few survivors with the hands and eyes to compete. It’s a young man’s game, with only a few exceptions.
I talked to a former MLB all-star in his 50’s, who is now a hitting coach for his old organization. I asked him if he ever steps in to take some swings against the young pitchers. No way, he said, he can only hear the ball, not see it.
The clock is ticking down on Tebow’s baseball career. He will excel in 10 other things in his friendly, positive life.
There have always been hard throwers. If you can’t hit a 90 plus fastball, you aren’t playing, even in college. I was an infielder and could throw almost 90, lots of 87-88 mph. Also a normal fastball even in the majors isn’t 100’s, there are only a handful of those pitchers. Stats show only 11 threw a pitch over 100 in 2016. A pitcher can still win the Cy Young throwing three pitches, a fastball, change, and maybe a slider. A really good one can live on fastball/change almost in total. Keep in mind that a fastball includes a 4 seam 2 seam, splitter, etc., so you have an infinite number of speed changes, plus moving a 2 seam in and out on the fingers changes velocity slightly. I’d rather face anyone than a pitcher with a good slider, because you can’t hardly tell it from a fastball.....till you miss, or beat it into the dirt. To back up an old story, you can pick up the rotation on a curve ball, the sliders etc are much harder, at least for me. I wouldn’t want to trust my 60 year old eyes to step in there now either! I will say, however that about four years ago, I had a boss that always was gigging me about playing baseball. We had some kids playing across the road, and a friend was umpiring. I suspect he always thought that I wasn’t all that good, which I wasn’t, but by the standards of people he knew, I was Mickey Mantle. He talked me into taking a few swings, first one grounded foul, the field had a 240 foot little league fence about 150 feet from the road, I dropped the ball in the street behind a car, bounced about 50 feet in the air, and landed in the hood of a car that was parked at his place of business. He just stood shell shocked and being an intelligent guy, I never took another swing! Probably the best moment of my baseball career.
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