December 8, 2016

This MLB Coach Thinks Tim Tebow Can Seriously Make It In The Majors

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Mets hitting coach Kevin Long has nothing but good things to say about Tim Tebow's baseball career.

In an interview with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long put Tim Tebow on a pedestal before spring training on Wednesday. For all those throwing shade Tebow’s way, Long said that the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback could make it into the MLB.

Long spoke on the first time working with Tebow in Arizona:

“You know what, it was kind of cool. He called me when he was out here for the Arizona Fall League, and I live in Arizona. So, he called and asked if we could get together. We hit six or seven times, and you know what, he could hit a little bit. He’s got a lot of work to do. He understands that. He knows it’s not going to be easy, but having seen his swing now and worked with him a little bit, I’m not so sure he can’t break through and maybe give himself a good chance to get there.

“Yeah, kind of surprising, but I tell you what, with his work — the guy is just a machine. He’s 260, 7 percent body fat. He’s 6-4. He’s put together like no athlete I’ve ever seen. His work ethic is off the charts. And we all know what kind of human being he is. But obviously, you have to have talent, and baseball is a tough sport to pick up after 10 years. We’ll see if he can do it, but I’m not counting him out — that’s for sure.”

Long was very adamant on the Mets giving Tebow at-bats in spring training:

“Well, he’s going to play in the minor leagues. But, listen, he’s got to play. He’s got to get some at-bats underneath his belt. In a month, you’re going to get 100 at-bats. He’s got 100 at-bats probably in his professional career right now. That’s counting the instructional league and the Arizona Fall League. But that’s only a month worth of baseball after a big layoff. So he needs to play some minor league baseball. We’ll see how that ends up. But yeah, I don’t count out the fact that maybe at some point, he can break through into the major leagues.”

Tebow hit .194 in 19 games with in the Arizona Fall League.

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