In notable on-the-field news, the New York Mets are assigning former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to the Arizona Fall League.
Tebow’s presence during September’s instructional league prompted significant media coverage, foreshadowing some of what we could see into next season. The one-time NFL quarterback’s foray into baseball will likely boost attention surrounding the upcoming AFL season. Beyond that is the question of where he will make his regular season debut. It will likely be months before we have a sense of where Tebow begins the 2017 campaign, but regardless of where he goes his presence should help attract crowds.
The Mets say that the decision to send Tebow to the AFL was never absolute, but it is not surprising. He received a $100,000 signing bonus, and sending him to the AFL exposes him to higher levels of competition than he would likely see at instructional league or during minor league spring training.
“We want Tim to play in more games to continue developing his skills on the field while facing advanced competition,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.
“Working in the Instructional League has been a lot of fun and productive,” Tebow said. “We worked hard and I was able to see a lot of pitches and work on different things. There was great coaching and I tried to improve every day. I plan to use the Fall League as an opportunity to improve. It’s a blessing and a great opportunity.”