New York Mets: Ex-Minor Leaguer rips Tim Tebow on Instagram

Some people like Tim Tebow, others don’t. Count former New York Mets minor leaguer Andrew Church in the latter group. Church ripped both Tebow and the team in a viral Instagram post this week.

In a cost-cutting move, the New York Mets released several minor league players this week. They weren’t the only team to do so. Seattle, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Washington, and Milwaukee also did the same thing. Other teams will follow suit soon. Since there will be no minor league season in 2020, players who aren’t important to the organization were released.

One of the players given his walking papers by the Mets was pitcher Andrew Church. The former second-round pick was quite angry with his former team. He accused the Amazins of misusing him to the point that he blew out his elbow.

Those charges, if true, don’t paint the New York Mets in a flattering light. At the least, they need to examine their player development system, mainly how the organization uses its pitchers. The Mets certainly can’t afford to lose their prospects before they even reach the majors.

Church didn’t confine his gripes to the way he was allegedly mistreated. Minor league outfielder/ former NFL quarterback/ ESPN broadcaster Tim Tebow was also a focal point of Church’s complaints. Although he didn’t mention Tebow by name, it was clear who Church was talking about.

“They made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets,” according to Church. “I saw players lose their jobs because of it. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did.”

Granted, Tebow hasn’t been a star at the plate as he worked his way up the Mets minor league system, but he was progressing. That is until last season. At Triple-A, Tebow struggled in 2019. He hit .163 in 77 games. It was a disappointment after he seemed to hit his stride the season before in Double-A.

Whether or not Tim Tebow deserves to be part of the New York Mets organization is debatable. For the record, he still is. There is something to be said about character and leadership. Those are two traits he has that are not in dispute.

The Texas Rangers, then the New York Yankees, invited Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to spring training even though he doesn’t report to a minor league team. Why? Because he is a good influence on the younger players. It’s the same with Tim Tebow and the New York Mets.

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Please read to understand my true feelings. Today I got released by the NY Mets organization. The people on the other end of the phone had nothing but good things to say and I appreciated that very much. Anyone that has seen me play and compete knows that I lay it all on the line no matter what. Every practice, every game. I am a competitor, a true warrior. It’s in my DNA. From the outside looking in, my baseball career probably raises a lot of questions. Why did you retire and come back? How come your numbers aren’t very good if you were that dedicated? I have always kept my opinions to myself out of respect for the organization I signed a contract with. But now that it’s officially over with them I’d like to say some things. One of the main reasons I retired was to keep myself from expressing how I felt. I was bitter, frustrated, and angry at the Mets organization. I felt my competitive nature was being taken advantage of. They knew I would never say no to competing and would fly me around to fill in for anyone that got injured. I realized this wasn’t in my best interest when my delayed flight finally landed in the 3rd inning, and I was on the mound in a AAA baseball game for the first time, without any warm up throws. My UCL originally tore that night. Instead of seeing a doctors like I asked, they sent me back to High A to pitch in the playoffs. When I told them I couldn’t I was made out to be the bad guy. Then the next year, they made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets. I saw players lose their jobs because of it. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did. I think people are starting to understand that more now but they didn’t in 2018 when it was happening again. I was fed up. I spent my whole childhood honing in my passion and anger, to not let it get out of control, but it was and I was going to explode. So I took the opposite direction, I bottled it and silenced myself. I took some time away and cleared my head. Continued in comments..

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