PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – After struggling within the Arizona Fall League final 12 months, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow turned his consideration to his hometown of Jacksonville for some assist and inspiration.
Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, a former Met, additionally lives within the north Florida metropolis.
“We grew to become pals and went as much as a spot by our homes and educated so much. He is as a lot as an addict for sports activities as I’m,” Tebow stated Monday earlier than hitting 9 batting apply residence runs throughout his first spring coaching exercise. “Even Thanksgiving morning, we had been on the market hitting earlier than he had to return to his spouse and his household. He was begging for a few hours (of sports activities). That is how addicted he’s, nevertheless it’s additionally how useful he was to me.”
The 29-year-old Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and a former NFL quarterback, signed a minor league contract final 12 months Sept. eight and hopes to make it to the key leagues as an outfielder. Tebow performed as a junior at Nease Excessive College in Ponte Vedra Seaside, the place he hit .494 and earned all-state honors. He then focused on soccer, which led him to the College of Florida.
“He is somebody who’s extraordinarily analytical, in order that additionally helps to make him a very good coach,” Tebow stated of Murphy. “He thinks by a variety of the sport and processes and conditions. In order that’s very useful to somebody who’s very new at it.”
Tebow homered on the primary pitch in his first sport since highschool final Sept. 28 as a part of New York’s educational league staff.
Nonetheless, he hit simply .194 and struck out 20 instances in 62 at-bats for the AFL’s Scottsdale Scorpions.
“It is a lot about the way you’re in a position to deal with issues mentally, and that is not simply the highs, it is also the lows,” the left-handed hitter stated. “Baseball can actually exploit that if you happen to’re not prepared for it – to be prepared for the droughts and have the ability to deal with the highs and lows. I feel I used to be zero for my first 13 (in Arizona), so I used to be like, ‘OK, that is going to occur.’ However I’ll bounce again, and I feel I used to be ready to do this.”
Tebow stated comparable poor outcomes as a member of the New York Jets in 2012 additionally had been a part of a studying course of.
“I am grateful for the highs there – which weren’t actually many – however for lots of the lows,” stated Tebow, who was launched after one season with the Jets through which he threw simply eight passes and rushed 32 instances. “It was not essentially essentially the most enjoyable scenario, however there have been so many issues I realized. Every little thing occurs for a motive; that scenario occurred for a motive. I realized from it. I am grateful for it. I can truthfully say that.”
Notes: SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 1B Wilmer Flores each homered within the Mets’ 5-2 loss towards Houston. . Supervisor Terry Collins stated his front-line beginning pitchers could start video games as quickly as Thursday, with RHP Noah Syndergaard. . Collins stated reliever Jeurys Familia “regarded fairly good” in his scoreless inning in his spring coaching debut. . 1B Lucas Duda took grounders however didn’t hit. . INF Ty Kelly left camp for South Korea to play for Israel within the World Baseball Basic. . RHP Seth Lugo is to make his second begin Tuesday, towards Miami in Jupiter.
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