Tim Tebow had two hits in 13 at-bats this spring.

Tim Tebow had two hits in 13 at-bats this spring. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow was sent to minor league camp on Friday as the Mets made their first cuts of spring training.
Tebow, 32, had two hits in 13 at-bats – including a home run – in his fourth spring training with the Mets. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback can still appear in major-league spring training games.
Tebow is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse. In 2019, he hit .163 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 98 strikeouts in 77 games for Syracuse before a hand injury ended his season in July.
“Tim, he was actually in a good place swinging,” manager Luis Rojas said. “Last five at-bats, I thought he walked, had a single and hit three balls really hard. I’ve seen a lot of progression in his game. A guy that works really hard. We had the conversation in the room that he’s going down, to keep going with his plan . . . He’s going down there with a plan to work hard on a daily basis.”
Tebow also had a memorable moment in leftfield on Feb. 28 when he tripped over his own shoelace going after what would have been a game-ending flyball. The ball fell in front of his prone body for a double.
He wasn’t injured. But Tebow’s mishap was featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” as the No. 2 pick in it’s “Not Top 10” feature, and was on the TV in the Mets clubhouse on Friday morning.
“Only No. 2?” Tebow said with a smile.
The other cuts: pitchers Stephen Gonsalves, Thomas Szapucki, Jordan Humphreys, Franklyn Kilome, Matt Blackham, Nick Rumbelow, Francisco Ríos and Stephen Nogosek and catchers David Rodríguez and Austin Bossart.
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