Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Tim Tebow will be assigned to the Mets’ low-A team in Columbia, South Carolina.
The Columbia Fireflies are a full-season A-ball team in the South Atlantic League. The idea, according to Sandy Alderson, is to give him as many reps as possible, irrespective of initial results. As of now Tebow is hitting .235 in seven spring training games (his eighth is just getting underway today in Lakeland). That’s not great, of course, but it’s not nothing. Either way, all of his games, both last fall and this spring, have felt like “events” and one-offs. He’s yet to play multiple days in a row in a mundane, workaday setting, and he’ll get that in Columbia.
A lot of people asked whether Tebow would stick to baseball once he had to go to the bus leagues, away from the spotlight. We’re about to find out.
Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.
Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.
Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.
I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.
It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.