Phillies new left fielder Ben Revere flashed some leather in Sunday afternoon’s Grapefruit League match-up with the Tigers, robbing Rajai Davis of a solo home run in the top of the third inning. Starter Aaron Harang hung a breaking ball, which Davis nearly took advantage of if not for Revere leaping up and snagging the ball before it could go over the fence.
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Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Revere had said jokingly to Davis that he’d play lighter defense for him. Davis said, “Take it easy. I need some hits,” to which Revere replied, “I got you, man. But just drop a bomb. Don’t make me run.”
As Zolecki recounts, as Revere was jogging off of the field after the catch, he met up with Davis near third base. Davis said, “What did we just talk about?” Revere said, “My bad. I’m sorry, dude.”
Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow hit a two-run home run during Tuesday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. It’s his first spring training home run since beginning his professional baseball career in late 2016.
Tebow, 32, is, of course, a former college football legend. He had a much-anticipated NFL career that ended up brief and disappointing, prompting a change of vocation. Tebow was passable with Double-A Binghamton in 2018, but the Mets promoted him to Triple-A for the 2019 season anyway. That was a mistake. Through 264 plate appearances, Tebow hit .163/.240/.255, ranking as the worst hitter in the minor leagues.
Tebow also walked along with the homer in three plate appearances on Tuesday. While it’s a solid early showing, Tebow participating with the other big leaguers or soon-to-be big leaguers in spring training is something of a sideshow. If he were a regular ballplayer working his way up the ranks, he likely would have been cut after last season. He certainly wouldn’t have been given an invitation to big league camp the next year.
There are aspects of the Tebow situation to respect: that he’s athletic and dedicated enough to attempt a professional career in another sport, for example. He moves tickets and merchandise. But one can’t help but wonder about the roster spot he’s holding that would otherwise go to a more deserving player.