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Mets expect Tim Tebow back in minor league system in 2019

Tim Tebow is expected to continue his minor league baseball career in 2019, according to New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco.

“I’m sure that’s his last impression of himself,” Ricco told Newsday’s Tim Healey. “I’d be surprised if he didn’t want to continue.”

While Tebow has steadily ascended the ranks in the Mets’ farm system, his progression came to a halt this season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies in late July due to a broken hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery.

In 84 games leading up to the season-ending injury, Tebow slashed at .273/.336/.399 clip with six home runs. Certainly not eye-popping numbers, but given the late start to Tebow’s pursuit of a pro baseball career, not horrible stats, either. Further, Tebow batted .317/.348/.429 in June and July before his season ended, so there was worthwhile, in-season improvement.

Tebow likely will never reach the majors as a legitimate player at this stage, but the 31-year-old’s intrinsic value to the Mets organization can be measured via several other metrics beyond his performance or potential. With that in mind, it’s not a stretch to suspect the Mets hope the Tim Tebow experiment continues on for years to come.