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Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

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Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It’s an increase in competition, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.

If you want to be an optimist, you could point out that Tebow is already 29, and the team could be looking to move him up the chain faster due to his age. In theory, he’s already in his prime, so his “peak” seasons are happening now and will be over soon. You could argue that the club wants to make sure it gets the best out of Tebow before he experienced age-related decline like everyone else.

Unfortunately, his age works as a double-edged sword. With the Fireflies, Tebow was seven years older than the average prospect according to a 2013 article at Baseball America. Despite the age difference, he struggled against younger competition.

With the St. Lucie Mets, that age difference shrinks slightly. In the Florida State League, Tebow will be about six years older than his competition. The gap closes and the level of play increases. That doesn’t bode well for Tebow.

Again, none of that really matters. With Tebow’s latest promotion, the Mets seem to confirm that his performance means nothing. He hasn’t earned it. Not with that batting line.

But he sells tickets and, by all accounts, seems to be great with fans. As long as people come to watch him play, Tebow will continue failing his way up through the organization.

Just how far will that take him? With the Mets falling out of contention, there’s at least a chance Tebow makes it to the majors by the end of the season. That might seem ridiculous considering his numbers and lack of experience, but those things haven’t factored into the team’s choices thus far.

Justifying his playing time in the majors might be difficult, but again, that’s not what it’s about. As long as Tebow keeps selling jerseys and putting fans in the seats, the Mets will be profitable and happy. Sunday’s promotion makes it clear that’s all they value here.

Via: Yahoo Sports

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Jennifer Lopez Hangs Out with Alex Rodriguez at Sports Memorabilia Convention

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Alex Rodriguez fans got a smoking hot 2-for-1 deal when Jennifer Lopez unexpectedly showed up at his side for a sports memorabilia show.

J Lo surprised the Chicago crowd at the National Sports Collectors Convention when 10 minutes into A-Rod’s signing session … she quietly walked out from behind a curtain and sat next to him. Witnesses say there was zero fanfare or announcement … which, let’s face it, is NOT typical when J Lo enters a room.

We’re told Jennifer just beamed at Alex while he signed items for fans — minimum $150 a pop — and she frequently stood up to snap pics of him. Y’know it’s love when she’s happy to watch you work … and work is signing your name over and over and over again.

Interestingly, we’re told J Lo didn’t sign anything — and that’s where we think everyone struck out.

An autographed, game used J-Rod ball’s gotta be a moneymaker!

Via: TMZ

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Miguel Cabrera: My Family’s In Grave Danger In Venezuela

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Miguel Cabrera: My Family’s In Grave Danger In Venezuela

MLB superstar Miguel Cabrera says his family has been targeted in Venezuela — and he’s been forced to pay protection bribes to keep them safe.

It’s unclear exactly why Cabrera believes his family is in danger — possibly because he’s worth a fortune. Cabrera signed a $248 MILLION contract extension in 2014.

In a series of videos posted to social media, Cabrera says Venezuela can be a very dangerous place if you cross the wrong people … and he’s frustrated.

Cabrera says he’s a proud Venezuelan — but the constant fear that someone will kidnap a family member is weighing on him. He admits to paying “vacunas” — or protection money — but doesn’t say how much he’s paid or to whom the money has gone.

Cabrera says he’s suspicious of everyone from police officers to street thugs — and doesn’t know where the real danger lurks.

Cabrera does seem to voice support for the opposition to the current government — but you can tell he’s being careful with his words to not piss anyone off too much.

Via: TMZ

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Osuna back on mound, finishes off Toronto’s 8-2 win over KC

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Back on the mound, Roberto Osuna settled into his comfort zone.

The Toronto closer struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and the Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.

“I felt really good and I felt better than yesterday and the day before,” Osuna said through a translator. “I’m just ready to work on that and get over it.”

Jose Bautista homered and drove in a season-high four runs and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

Osuna didn’t pitch in a save situation on Friday night, and the Blue Jays’ bullpen let a game get away. On Saturday, the 22-year-old reliever said he was out of sorts mentally and feeling lost.

Osuna has received an outpouring of support on social media.

“I didn’t read everything, but I hear about it,” he said. “I really appreciate the support of the people, but I have other stuff to think about right now. I just thank the fans for that, but I’m just trying to work on that by myself.”

“I’m just trying to do my best when I go out there and I’m trying to follow directions, whatever the doctors and trainers here tell me to do. I just follow directions and hopefully it’s going to get better,” he said.

Osuna, who has 19 saves, returned to the mound in a non-save spot and gave up an infield single while getting the last three outs.

“If there comes a time or day he doesn’t feel he could, he would let us know,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “But that’s personal stuff. You guys need to stay out of that.”

Bautista hit a two-run, 450-foot homer in the fifth that tied it. He walked with the bases loaded in a five-run sixth and singled home Kevin Pillar, who had three hits, in the seventh.

Bautista did a little celebration dance with Osuna after the final out.

“Hopefully he can continue to come out there when we need him,” Bautista said. “It’s encouraging to see him just go out and pitch well.”

Liriano (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits while pitching into the seventh. He improved to 100-95 in 12 seasons with Toronto, Minnesota, the White Sox and Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays scored five runs off relievers Scott Alexander (0-2) and Peter Moylan, who combined to face six batters and retire none. Josh Donaldson’s two-run double was the key hit in the sixth.

Royals starter Jason Hammel left after five innings and 105 pitches. He gave up five hits and struck out six.

Jorge Bonifacio homered in the first for the Royals. He doubled in the fourth and scored on Eric Hosmer’s single.

“You win the first two games, you’re obviously disappointed you don’t sweep,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “The fact we won the series is a little bit of a consolation.”

MOYLAN EJECTED

After Moylan was pulled in the sixth, he had a few choice words on the way to the dugout for plate umpire John Tumpane and was ejected. Moylan had issues with Tumpane’s strike zone.

“I don’t know whether you noticed my reaction, but I felt a couple of them could have been called strikes in that situation,” Moylan said when he walked Bautista. “A 2-2 count as opposed to a 3-1 count changes the whole at-bat and the whole game really.”

NOT GOOD IN DIVISION

The Royals will play their next seven games against AL Central opponents Detroit and Minnesota. Kansas City is 9-18 within the division. The Royals are 12-7 against AL East clubs, 11-10 against AL West and 5-2 against the National League.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) made his first minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Omaha. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run, struck out three and walked one. “He felt good. His stuff was good,” Yost said. Duffy threw 48 pitches. His next scheduled start will be Thursday at Colorado Springs.

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Via: Yahoo Sports

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