New York Mets fans will have to leave their Tim Tebow jerseys at home for now. The Mets do not plan on a September call-up for the 29-year-old minor leaguer when MLB rosters expand to 40 players. General manager Sandy Alderson said as much on Friday when broached on the subject.
“Never crossed my mind until about ten days ago when somebody said it was likely to happen,” Alderson told reporters. “I don’t foresee that kind of scenario.”
The Mets drew a predictably polarized reaction from the baseball community when they signed Tebow last summer. Many thought the team made the move as a publicity stunt to sell tickets. Others thought the move gave Tebow a shot at a life-long dream to play professional baseball. Alderson admitted to the former as a primary reason for Tebow’s signing.
“Look, we signed him because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business,” Alderson said at the SABR Convention in June. “My attitude is, ‘Why not?'”
Yet, Tebow has been on a tear in recent weeks. He is batting .321 since his promotion to Class A in St. Lucie on June 25. He hit a walk-off home run on Thursday night, and extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Friday night.
Despite his hot streak in the minors, another Mets prospect sits ahead of him in the system: Amed Rosario. The 21-year-old star shortstop deserves to be the team’s first call-up if and when they choose to make one. Some believe he should already be up at the major-league level. Rosario seemed to agree, posting a tweet on Friday that read: “On my knees and I just want to propose to Queens – NY that is. AR = Amed is Ready.”
Here is Amed Rosario’s tweet which said he was ready to play in Queens: pic.twitter.com/hjjmwF8v13
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) July 14, 2017
Rosario has since deleted the tweet, but clearly feels 100 percent ready for a call-up. Alderson understands the clamoring for the star prospect, but insists that “circumstances have to be right” for a call-up.
“I understand that everybody wants to see Rosario in a Mets uniform,” Alderson added. “So do I.”
If that is the case, it is unclear why Alderson remains so hesitant to give Rosario a shot. He mentioned Jose Reyes‘ improved play as a reason for keeping Rosario in Triple-A. Even with the Mets’ decent start to the second half, the team has little to lose in giving Rosario his chance. Alderson wants to see how the team does in the coming weeks before making any decisions.
“Either we’re back in the race and everybody’s clicking on all cylinders, or we’re not, and we make some other decisions,” Alderson said. “But right now, I just don’t think it’s the right time.”
To that, one has to ask: If not now, when?
Jesse Andreozzi is a staff writer at Outside Pitch Sports Network covering the New York Mets. Follow him on Twitter @Jesse_Andreozzi.