Adam Greenberg’s return to the big leagues is officially over after one at-bat, one strikeout, three pitches, and 33 seconds, as the Marlins released him following last night’s pinch-hitting appearance against R.A. Dickey.
Prior to yesterday’s game Greenberg was saying all kinds of stuff about how he hoped his time with the Marlins would be more than just the one at-bat, even mentioning going to spring training. It turns out they weren’t even interested in keeping him around for the final 24 hours of the season.
I’m not sure what the rush to get rid of Greenberg was, because certainly the Marlins didn’t need to clear a roster spot for the season finale. Of course, it’s not like Greenberg can complain and it was said to be a “one-day contract” all along. He got his official at-bat seven years later and the Marlins got some press for what was ultimately a stunt.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.