Last year, Tim Tebow once again made waves in the media when he announced that he would take his talents to baseball and try out for major league teams.

 

As with anything Tebow does, and has done, word traveled fast, and 29 teams showed up to watch the former college football star, and current ESPN college football analyst, run through drills and take batting practice to see what he had.

 

Ultimately, it was the New York Mets who took the chance and signed Tebow to a minor league contract.

 

This move was met with a more negative reception, as many thought, and honestly still think, that this decision to sign him was made strictly from a business since seeing the starpower that Tebow has and how that could boost sales across all levels for the team. Essentially, the Mets took a “calculated risk” where they knew the backlash and really lack of production that very well may have gotten on the field, but also realized the massive media attention and money that they would bring in because of it.

 

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Despite how you may feel about the move, we must understand that baseball is a business. Anything that will net a team more money, will be done and done quickly.

 

We’ve seen this before with Michael Jordan. He retires from basketball, decides he wants to play baseball and the Chicago White Sox jump at the chance to sign him to a minor league deal. Why? Money.

 

They realize that their major league teams aren’t the only ones that have to prosper in their business. The minor league affiliates also have to rake in a certain amount to stay afloat. This means that in order to profit, they have to bring in a certain amount of fans, aka paying customers, to each and every game in order to do this.

 

So when the opportunity comes to sign a figure like Tebow, the Mets thought business over baseball, and they continue to do so even today.

 

Last week, Tebow was actually promoted to High-A ball. Out of all the players on that team who were probably performing better than a .220 average with 3 home runs, 23 RBIs and 69 strikeouts in 64 games, Tebow was the one that was called up to play at an even higher level.

 

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Now, as a baseball player, I understand how hard it is to play this game even when you’ve played it your entire life. There’s going to be massive ups and downs, stretches of games where you feel on top of the world and stretches where you think about quitting the game altogether. So for Tebow to have done this and continue to see it through within minor success is great to me. It’s clear that he takes the game serious and that he works at it, just like he did for football.

 

In saying this, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for him to truly be called up when he hasn’t performed up to par to get to that point. Again, this is really from the perspective of matter over mind because anyone that knows the business of sport, knows that he was going to be called up no matter what.

 

For money, and potential revenue, to trump morality and the difference between right and wrong is nothing new in the world of business. We see it all the time and know it takes place. This is why, in my opinion, we shouldn’t be surprised when Tebow makes his way up to the Major Leagues, possibly by the end of this season.

 

The Mets are struggling and it’s only a matter of time until the team really puts dollars over sense and decides to bring Tebow up to put on that Mets uniform and possibly get an at bat. They know that when this happens, it will be the talk of the sports world and that means money pouring in, seats being filled, media surrounding the games and wins all across the board for everything but the team itself.

 

But what do wins matter at this point anyway, right?

 

You have an outside shot at getting a wildcard spot in the playoffs, you have an injury prone team that can never be fully healthy together and you have a superstar in A ball that is more known for football than baseball. From a business lens, it’s only logical that this ends up happening.

 

Mark my words: Tim Tebow will be a Major Leaguer by the end of this season.

 

Do you agree that Tebow will be called up to the Major by the end of the season? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.