|(Live Blog): The mighty Tebow strikes out, grounds into double play, gets doubled off first||03.08.17 at 1:17 pm ET|
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — We’re about to find out if Tim Tebow’s Heisman Trophy will help him vs. a Cy Young Award winner.
An otherwise sleepy Red Sox spring training game has been enlivened significantly by the presence of Tebow, who is making his debut for the Mets and playing DH. His first order of business? Solving Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
Since WEEI and NESN aren’t broadcasting the game and not a lot of you have MLB Network, we’re going to provide updates in a decidedly 2009 fashion via a live blog! Remember those? Check back here throughout the afternoon as we bring you all of the Tebow-related news your little hearts can handle. Newer posts will update at the bottom.
To start things off, here’s a video of Tebow blasting an opposite-field home run during BP. He’s got some power, if nothing else.
Tim Tebow hits one off the scoreboard to the opposite field in BP. pic.twitter.com/ihN8C7tFZj
— John Tomase (@jtomase) March 8, 2017
FIRST INNING: The Mets scored a run. I’m not really sure how. I’m just so pumped about Tebow, it’s hard to focus. We didn’t get Tebow yet, but we did receive a reminder that Andrew Benintendi still has room to grow. On a fly ball to left field, Benintendi fired the ball to second . . . where Curtis Granderson was tagging before easily taking third. Benintendi made a mental throwing error in the Division Series that cost the Red Sox a run, so this is an area to watch for the burgeoning young star. SECOND INNING: Rusney Castillo still swings at everything. The good for Bryce Brentz: doubles off 97 mph fastball. The bad: gets erased in rundown on comebacker. Still no Tebow. He’ll lead off the top of third. THIRD INNING: Tebow steps in wearing No. 97. Fans go crazy. Let me actually back up. Since he was leading off the frame, he was on the field while Rick Porcello warmed up. At which point this happened:
Tebow thought he could watch Porcello warm up from Red Sox’ on-deck circle. Mets manager Terry Collins had to call him back. — Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) March 8, 2017
Once Tebow was pointed back to the huddle, he tried to solve Porcello. He didn’t last very long. He struck out looking at a fastball away. He saw four pitches in the at-bat, all fastballs, swinging and missing at one of them.
Fourth Inning: The Red Sox just scored a bunch of runs. None of them were by Tim Tebow, so I’m not if the interest level will be there, but here goes: Sam Travis walked, Allen Craig boomed a ground-rule double to center, Rusney Castillo singled, Christian Vazquez, Castillo scored on an error after starting a double steal, and Marco Hernandez doubled to right-center.
The Red Sox now lead 4-1. Tebow didn’t lose this many games in four years at Florida.
Tebow faced Noe Ramirez with the bases loaded and no outs. He fouled off two pitches and then grounded sharply to second to start a run-scoring 4-6-3 double play. He did not get credit with an RBI, but he did receive a standing ovation.
Of more concern to the Red Sox was the comebacker that appeared to drill Rick Porcello on his right hand. He stayed in the game after a brief visit from John Farrell and a couple of warmup pitches, but he allowed a homer and double before being lifted.
I’ve Lost Track of the Innings: Back upstairs from Red Sox clubhouse, where Rick Porcello just discussed his hand (it’s OK) and, of course, facing Tim Tebow.
In Tebow’s most recent plate appearance, he got hit in the shoulder, reaching base for the first time. He didn’t stay there long, however, wandering off the bag on a liner to second and being easily doubled up.
Ramirez, who induced the double-play grounder, said he was impressed with Tebow’s BP.
“He’s obviously been the talk of the town lately, and guys were just pretty astonished, actually,” Ramirez said. “He’s got some pretty good pop. The ball comes off his bat pretty well, so obviously it was a show.”
|Tim Tebow will make his debut against Red Sox on Thurdsay against Cy Young winner Rick Porcello||03.07.17 at 12:17 pm ET|
The Red Sox visit Port St. Lucie on Thursday, and the carnival will be in town.
It’s Tim Tebow time!
The former NFL-quarterback-turned-quixotic -baseball-player will make his spring debut and start at designated hitter when the Sox face the Mets at Tradition Field. Tebow will be thrown right into the fire against defending American League Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.
So what do the Red Sox expect?
“It seems like no matter what he gets involved in, it’s always going to grab headlines or draw a crowd,” manager John Farrell said. “A gifted athlete. Let’s see how he handles a major league environment, particularly in the batter’s box.”
“So many different guys come through camp,” Farrell added. “I’m looking forward to seeing it.”
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is best known for his football exploits, which included an overtime playoff victory for the Broncos before losing to the Patriots. Tebow got a shot with the Patriots during training camp in 2013 before being cut.
He’s attempting to do what many consider impossible and remake himself as a baseball player at age 29, despite not playing since high school.
“I wouldn’t even attach an age to it,” Farrell said. “It’s tough to make the big leagues if you’re 24 years old. You know that he devoted most of his professional career to football, so making a change with a number of years gap in there, that adds another dynamic to it, but I’ve never seen him play in person. I can’t give you how difficult or how unlikely or how likely him arriving at the major leagues, if at all, will be.”
|Former Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop slams Tim Tebow signing because of $100k bonus||10.19.16 at 11:14 am ET|
Former Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop has no problem with baseball teams giving Tim Tebow a look. But signing him for $100,000? That’s where he draws the line.
Writing a column for MLB Trade Rumors, Badenhop blasted the Mets for disrespecting the work it took marginal prospects such as himself to reach the majors. He can’t believe Tebow received a bonus commensurate with a pick in the top 10 rounds when it’s clear he lacks the skill to be a big leaguer.
“Big leaguers are found all over the draft,” Badenhop wrote. “For every first-round superstar like Kris Bryant, you’ll find a Daniel Murphy in the 13th round. I was drafted in the 19th round as a college senior. I signed for $1,000. You could draft 100 of me for the price of one Tim Tebow. Such a thought only elicits feelings of disrespect.”
Badenhop was kinder to Tebow’s game, which many scouts consider limited and one compared to an actor attempting to play a baseball player, like Freddie Prinze Jr. in Summer Catch.
“Tebow’s swing looked fine to me,” Badenhop wrote. “It was definitely long, but it was powerful and fell far short of looking as bad as a Charles Barkley golf swing. Tebow’s outfield work definitely left more to be desired, though. He shagged fly balls with an awkward ‘five step drop’ type of footwork. And I couldn’t stop looking at his glove. Not the type of glove or the color or anything, but how it was broken in. It was just wrong. It didn’t have a pocket, it was bent in a weird way and he had all five fingers in each finger hole, which I’ve never seen an outfielder do.”
In any event, Badenhop resents the Mets seemingly allowing Tebow to short-circuit the process.
“To see a team give a 29-year-old with no baseball experience a six-figure bonus because he was good at college football was confusing,” he wrote. “The road to ‘The Show’ isn’t a walk in the park. You don’t get to the big leagues as a 19th-rounder and stay without earning it. It was a badge of honor for me. This signing makes it seem that maybe teams don’t take the grind as seriously as the players do. It sends a very mixed message.”
The rest of the piece is worth reading.
|Source: Red Sox haven’t re-engaged in talks with Stephen Drew at any point this season||04.28.14 at 2:14 pm ET|
There would have appeared to be some windows throughout April where some interest in Drew might seem plausible, with third baseman Will Middlebrooks missing three weeks due to a Grade 1 calf strain and Xander Bogaerts experiencing some early-season defensive missteps (along with a few calf issues of his own).
Following the the Middlebrooks injury, the Red Sox did sign Ryan Roberts (who has since been designated for assignment, cleared waivers and is playing with Triple-A Pawtucket) to fill in at third base.
But at no time throughout the ups and down of April, according to the source, did the Red Sox deviate from their long-term plan of committing to a starting left side of the infield consisting of Bogaerts and Middlebrooks.
The Red Sox remain the one team who would not have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign Drew, who also reportedly isn’t drawing significant interest from the Mets, either. It has been believed that New York might be the best fit for Drew, with Terry Collins’ team leaning on Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Thus far this season, Tejada is hitting just .200 with a .531 OPS.
It should be noted that teams would not have to surrender a draft pick if they sign free agents linked to qualifying offers (like Drew and Kendrys Morales) if they wait until after the June amateur draft, which stretches from June 5- 7.
|Former Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison signs with Mets||01.29.13 at 11:28 am ET|
The New York Mets announced that they’ve agreed on a minor league deal with the right-hander that includes an invitation to big league spring training. While Atchison, 36, was an outstanding performer for the Red Sox in 2012, forging a 1.58 ERA in 51 1/3 innings (the fourth-best ERA among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched last year) while striking out 6.3 batters per nine innings and walking just 1.6 per nine, an ulnar collateral ligament strain that sidelined him for two months in the second half dampened his free agent market.
Atchison was told by Dr. James Andrews that he could pitch again with a course of rest and rehab, rather than surgery. He did, in fact, end up pitching in five games at the end of the season, logging 5 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out two and walking none.
The reliever told MLB.com on Monday that the Red Sox — after declining to tender him a contract in December, thus making him a free agent — had offered him only a minor league deal. Given that the team added right-handers Joel Hanrahan and Koji Uehara to an already deep bullpen mix, Atchison felt that he was better served to sign a minor league deal with a different club that presented a greater opportunity to make the Opening Day roster. Read the rest of this entry »
|Trade Deadline: Red Sox out on Carlos Beltran?||07.24.11 at 9:18 am ET|
Beltran is owed roughly $6 million for the rest of the season, the last of his seven-year, $119 million deal. The right fielder is having his best season since 2006, ranking among the National League’s top 1o in doubles, RBI, extra-base hits, on-base percentage, runs created and walks.
|Trade Deadline: Giants’ pursuit of Carlos Beltran slowing down?||07.21.11 at 12:35 pm ET|
According to a report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Giants have a hit a sang in their pursuit of Carlos Beltran. The Giants, according to Martino, are now willing to assume most of the $6 million owed to Beltran for the rest of the season but will not give up a top prospect in exchange for the outfielder. The Mets are willing to pay the remainder of Beltran’s salary but want an elite prospect in return.
Beltran leads the National League with 30 doubles and 47 extra-base hits. He also ranks in the top 10 in walks, OBP, RBI and OPS.
|Trade Deadline: Carlos Beltran reportedly gets a list of potential trade destinations, including Philadelphia||07.20.11 at 1:52 pm ET|
Philadelphia’s starting rotation has been terrific this season, but the team’s offense has struggled to keep up, ranking 14th in runs and 20th in batting average. The switch-hitting Beltran ranks ninth in the National League with 59 RBIs and is hitting .287 entering Wednesday.
The Giants and Red Sox have shown interest in Beltran as well, and Yahoo! reports that the Mets slugger would prefer to stay close to his New York home, making Boston a more likely destination than San Francisco.
|Trade Deadline: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran||07.13.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees will not pursue Carlos Beltran before the July 31 trade deadline. The Mets outfielder has said he’d waive his no-trade clause to a play for a contender, and the Giants have emerged as a potential suitor.
The Yankees currently have Nick Swisher in right field, who’s hitting .249 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI.
Olney also reports the Tigers could be in the hunt for Beltran, because of their willingness to absorb big money contracts.
|Trade Deadline: Mets willing to trade K-Rod, Yankees ‘marginally interested’||07.05.11 at 1:23 pm ET|
According to Bob Klapisch of Fox Sports, the Mets are open to dealing closer Francisco Rodriguez, even if it means shipping him to their crosstown rival. Rodriguez’ contract has a no-trade clause, but he said he would wave it for a trade to “good teams” like the Yankees and Rays. The Yankees could use another reliever, but their set up role could be filled when Rafael Soriano makes his return from the disabled list after the All-Star break.
Rodriguez has expressed a desire to stay with the Mets. He leads the team with 21 saves and has a 3.32 ERA.
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