(Asbury Park Press) TRENTON - Just as a gaggle of over-zealous fans greeted him at the front gate of Arm & Hammer Park prior to Wednesday night’s Eastern League All-Star Classic, a frenzy has erupted as a huge buzz has taken over the Tim Tebow baseball narrative.
Sometimes dismissed as a sideshow or a novelty over the last couple minor league seasons, Tebow’s bat has caught fire over the last couple months for the Binghamton (N.Y.) Rumble Ponies, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Hitting .390 in July and .305 in June, Tebow bumped his season batting average up from .234, where it sat on the last day of May, to .270.
The surge made him an All-Star, at least a minor league All-Star, and speculation is growing that Tebow could get promoted to Triple A or even the big leagues later this season.
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The 30-year-old Tebow remained mum on his thoughts on a potential promotion in a pregame news conference along the first base line, but the advice he gave to young athletes spoke volumes about how he might feel about the doubters that he’s heard since he started this baseball journey two years ago.