Ball bounces off Tim Tebow’s head for triple

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The Mets are utterly terrible. Sadly, they’re not even terrible in a so-bad-it’s-good way. They’re just unpleasant to watch in nearly every respect.

Meanwhile, their most famous minor leaguer, Tim Tebow, is actually playing pretty decently all things considered. He’s not changing people’s minds about his long or even mid-term prospects as a ballplayer, but he’s been playing passable baseball for Double-A Binghamton, hitting .265/.335/.394 on the year and has improved as the season has gone on.

That’s not the sort of thing that will normally get a guy promoted, but Tebow is not a normal guy. Given the fact that he’s at least looked professional on a baseball field and given how miserable the Mets are these days, it would not be crazy to see them move him up to Triple-A soon in preparation for a late-season, publicity-and-economically-motivated callup to New York. Or, heck, they may just let him play in Binghamton all year and go straight to Citi Field. Weirder things have happened and, as long as the games don’t really count for much, it’d probably be pretty fun to see.

Not quite as fun as what happened to Tebow the other night in Portland, however. A ball was hit off the Green Monster replica they have in left field — it’s called the Maine Monster, BTW — came down and bounced right off of Tebow’s head. It flew far enough away to where the batter got a Triple. Watch:

If Jose Canseco could play major league baseball for several years after allowing a homer off of his head, Tebow should at least be allowed a few meaningless games in late September, right?

MLB crowds jump from ’21, still below pre-pandemic levels

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PHOENIX — Even with the homer heroics of sluggers like Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn’t able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-19 affected campaign in 2021.

The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the regular season that ended Wednesday, which is up from the 45.3 million who attended games in 2021, according to baseball-reference.com. This year’s numbers are still down from the 68.5 million who attended games in 2019, which was the last season that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers led baseball with 3.86 million fans flocking to Dodger Stadium for an average of 47,672 per contest. The Oakland Athletics – who lost 102 games, play in an aging stadium and are the constant subject of relocation rumors – finished last, drawing just 787,902 fans for an average of less than 10,000 per game.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished second, drawing 3.32 million fans. They were followed by the Yankees (3.14 million), defending World Series champion Braves (3.13 million) and Padres (2.99 million).

The Toronto Blue Jays saw the biggest jump in attendance, rising from 805,901 fans to about 2.65 million. They were followed by the Cardinals, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, and Mets, which all drew more than a million fans more than in 2021.

The Rangers and Reds were the only teams to draw fewer fans than in 2021.

Only the Rangers started the 2021 season at full capacity and all 30 teams weren’t at 100% until July. No fans were allowed to attend regular season games in 2020.

MLB attendance had been declining slowly for years – even before the pandemic – after hitting its high mark of 79.4 million in 2007. This year’s 64.6 million fans is the fewest in a non-COVID-19 season since the sport expanded to 30 teams in 1998.

The lost attendance has been balanced in some ways by higher viewership on the sport’s MLB.TV streaming service. Viewers watched 11.5 billion minutes of content in 2022, which was a record high and up nearly 10% from 2021.