Tebow to the Mets? Can the Braves ever recover? (Kidding!)

Former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow walks in the outfield during a baseball showcase on the campus of the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Will Tebow ever be outstanding at Citi Field? (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

News that Tim Tebow has opted to sign with the New York Mets elicits a small and selfish sigh of relief. Because — speaking as a media person — I wanted no part of the furor that would have accompanied a Tebow Sighting at Turner Field or SunTrust Park or Lake Buena Vista, Fla. or even in the PreCheck line at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Nothing against Tebow himself, mind you. He has always seemed like an OK guy. But being Tim Tebow means he can never be Just A Guy. He’s the Web Wonder. He’s the name that prompts a zillion clicks. He’s Lindsay Lohan (admittedly in a rather different way).

The Atlanta Braves, as we know, had “interest” in signing Tebow as a free agent. So did one-fourth of the other MLB teams. But to suggest the Braves are hugely deflated this morning is to misread their level of “interest.”

They were mildly intrigued, as opposed to outright fascinated. They saw a guy who might — big “might” there — one day turn into something. Seeing as how the Braves’ farm system isn’t awash with power-hitting outfielders and that the most promising part Tebow’s famous workout was his power, they’d have been willing to take a flier. They weren’t willing to go so far as to guarantee an invitation to the big-league club’s spring training.

Short version: They wouldn’t have minded taking a longer look at him in the fall instructional leagues, but that’s as far as they were ready to go. I can summarize their organizational feeling toward Tebow in three words: “Hey, why not?”

That he has signed with the Mets means he’s somebody else’s long-shot asset — and also somebody else’s PR circus. That part gave every team, the Braves absolutely included, pause: “Will he be more trouble than he’s worth?” John Coppelella isn’t afraid to try anything, but he’s also not one for publicity stunts. As much as the Braves’ general manager would have tried to make this simply a baseball acquisition and not a move to sell tickets , can anything involving Tebow be simple?

If the Braves are disappointed, it’s disappointment of the mildest form. Had they signed Tebow, they wouldn’t have been expecting much. (He hasn’t played baseball since 2005.) Not signing him means they’ve lost nothing tangible and maybe spared themselves a headache. And they, and we, move on.

Further reading: The Braves’ rise from oblivion has begun.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

When you're at the bottom the only way that's left is up. I think the Braves should start looking more like the Cubs in 2018 but they still have to add some bats. Dozier maybe,(unless he's a one year wonder) for a handful of those minor league pitchers? Kemp will be worthless by then and Freeman will be in decline. Didn't check Dozier's age....maybe he's too old to think that far ahead.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

Your fascination with Tebow is a little weird.  


Always amazes me how people feel the need to attack someone who is obviously such a good person.  I guess it just comes from feeling inferior yourself.  


Like crabs pulling each other down in a bucket.  


Anyway, dude, you really should get another fixation.

GeorgeSteele
GeorgeSteele

He's not a sore armed pitcher so why would the Braves want him?

Gawatcher
Gawatcher

Just shows New Yorker's will buy anything...Twice

timwood202000
timwood202000

You sound like you are privy to inside information from the Braves or you have a crystal ball when all you have is an opinion....and a cheap one at that.  Stick to basketball.


Tim Sewell


Kennyd_va
Kennyd_va

What would Timmy bring to the Braves, no more than a circus act for the media..........

Stinger2
Stinger2

I agree that the Braves are not the losers here. I saw some video of his workout with the Mets and he looked awkward throwing and fielding. I wish him the best in whatever his future holds.

KSU OWLS
KSU OWLS

Being the class act that Tebow is, no surprise here that as his polar opposite Bradley and the Liberal AJC would not be in favor of covering a man with such high character and moral standards.  Just not enough slime factor, huh Mark?

timwood202000
timwood202000

@KSU OWLS Very well said.  Mark would be a better gossip column writer that a sports writer.

scottarino
scottarino

@KSU OWLS i didn't read any put downs or insults in Bradley's column. If anything he insulted the media and all the hype they raise for Tebow. 

Schweigen
Schweigen

How long until we see Tebow cry again, like he did after the 2009 SEC Championship loss?   UHUH.... To the fans out there... I'm... uhuh... sorry... uhuh....  

TOJacket
TOJacket

Wish him the best of luck......seems like a true righteous man.

AABraves
AABraves

Will give up on it after one season in the minors....

SouthernHope5
SouthernHope5

Tebow would have been better than the ostrich races of old...and the team needs *something.* 

Buckhead Vol
Buckhead Vol

well - stated.  even thought Tebow is a Gator (and I am a Vol), he is a great athlete and great person.  hope he does well with the Mets, but not at the Bravo's expense.  we need to focus on the plan at hand.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Buckhead Vol: ". . . need to focus on the plan at hand."

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You mean the plan that has us residing among the dregs of MLB the past two seasons?

THAT plan???