Something fun happened with the San Diego Padres overnight.
For a short period, the team’s official Facebook page showed this, which suggested that they had signed free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, to whom they have been linked in rumors for weeks:
It was quickly taken down. A few minutes ago, the team issued a statement:
That’s awful. I mean, it’s exactly what I would say if I had signed Eric Hosmer but then let the cat out of the bag too early, but if what they say is true, yes, that is awful. It’ll now likewise be awfully hard for them to answer some obvious questions that will come their way if they actually do sign Hosmer.
In other news, the Padres probably should change their password. Yes, “Padres123” is easy to remember, but it’s probably best to get something more secure.
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.