The Mets have extended an invite to spring training to Tim Tebow because of course they did.
Tebow, 32, hit .163/.240/.255 with only four home runs in 264 plate appearances at Triple-A last year. He has hit only .223/.299/.338 with 18 homers in 1,048 minor league plate appearances overall. Tebow will be beginning his fourth full minor league season in 2020. He also did a brief stint in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. He has played 77 and 84 games in the past two seasons, with each year being cut short due to injury.
Which is to say that has shown absolutely nothing to suggest that he has a future in the major leagues. Indeed, he has made it petty clear that he doesn’t even belong at Triple-A. Yet, as always, he will likely be a gate attraction in Port St. Lucie in February and March, so here we are.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.