Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit his 30th home run of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Twins, a two-run home run off of Jose Berrios that contributed to a five-run first inning. Gallo now has five home runs in August and it’s the sixth day of the month.
Sunday’s blast went really, really far. Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t even move.
Most of Gallo’s blasts this month have gone a particularly far distance. Take this one from last Tuesday that cleared the batter’s eye in center field:
Or this one that went to the Budweiser Bullpen to the side of the batter’s eye in center field:
Or this one that went into the upper deck in center field at Target Field:
Gallo, 23, entered Sunday’s action with a .206/.317/.542 triple-slash line along with 55 RBI, 58 runs scored, 45 walks, and six stolen bases in 356 plate appearances. That’s pretty good.
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.