Mets Hitting Coach Believes Tim Tebow Can Make It To The Major League
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long believes that Tim Tebow has what it takes to make the team’s major league roster “at some point.”
Long and Tebow got together six or seven times to hit while Tebow was playing in the Arizona fall league and “you know what, he can hit a little bit,” Long told 1070 The Fan’s Dan Dakich Wednesday.
“He’s got a lot of work to do–he understands that,” Long continued. “He knows it’s not gonna be easy, but having seen his swing now and worked with him a little bit, I’m not so sure that he can’t break through maybe give himself a good chance to get there.”
“The guy is just a machine,” Long went on, “He’s put together like no athlete I’ve ever seen. His work effort is off the charts, and we all know what kind of human being he is.”
“But, you know, obviously you’ve got to have talent. And baseball’s a tough sport to pick up after ten years and, you know, we’ll see if he can do it,” the Mets coach said. “But I’m not counting him out, that’s for sure.”
Tebow is going to play in the minor leagues for now, and depending upon his improvement and success, the Mets will then evaluate how that ends up. But Long is not counting out the fact “that maybe, at some point, he can break through into the major leagues.”
“I’m probably going way out there on the ledge here, but I don’t know. It’s what I see, I’ve been doing this awhile and we’ll see how it plays out,” Long told The Fan.
Many people have doubted the former NFL quarterback’s decision to go into professional baseball, but it seems like Tebow might prove some of his critics wrong once again. It certainly helps to have his team’s swing coach on his side.
Here’s the full interview: