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Why won’t the Mets pull the plug on the Tim Tebow experiment?

Tim Tebow’s long-shot attempt at carving out an MLB career will continue for at least one more spring training, and presumably longer.

The New York Mets have invited the former Heisman Trophy winner to camp as a non-roster invitee, per a report from Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Tebow is entering his fourth season in the Mets’ farm system. While there have been instances of impressive play, Tebow’s minor-league career has been marred by inconsistency and struggles at the plate.

After posting respectable numbers in Double-A ball in 2018, Tebow’s productivity at the plate took a nosedive after being promoted to the Syracuse Mets in 2019.

In 77 games last season, Tebow slashed at a .163/.240/.255 clip with only four home runs and 19 RBI in 239 plate appearances. Making matters worse, Tebow struggled to put the ball in play, striking out a whopping 98 times.

The belief by many insiders is that Tebow has plateaued at the Triple-A level, with one MLB scout saying last season that Tebow has hit his “zenith” in professional baseball.

There has been no shortage of agents, scouts and doubters who have harshly criticized Tebow after the Mets took a flier on him back in 2016. However, Tebow somehow continued to survive, even flourish at times, in the minors.

Still, for many of his harshest critics, Tebow has been nothing more than a novelty act, a sideshow whose primary purpose has been to attract fans to minor-league ballparks. His humble attitude, devout Christian faith and nice-guy persona obviously resonates with a wide spectrum of sports fans.

Now, with the Mets’ announcement, Tebow will get one more opportunity to make his major-league dreams come true, regardless of how unlikely they are to come to fruition. And with that, expect ballparks throughout the minor leagues to pack them in whenever and wherever Tebow makes an appearance this season.