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Alderson admits the true reason to sign Tebow

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

When Tim Tebow signed with the New York Mets, he had no try professional baseball experience. Yet, according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, the team signed him ‘because this is an entertainment business.’

Tebow was recently promoted by the Mets. When Alderson signed Tebow, many in the front office thought it was a joke that they would sign a former NFL quarterback.

Tim Tebow (Getty Images)

Tim Tebow (Getty Images)

The former Heisman Trophy winner has consistently said that his baseball career is not a stunt.

“Look, we signed him, because he is a good guy, partly because of his celebrity, partly because this is an entertainment business,” Alderson said. “My attitude is ‘why not?'”

Tebow signed with the team last September. He had a .194 batting average in 19 games during his Arizona Fall League stint.

In the South Atlantic League, he had a .220 batting average with the Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League. Prior to his promotion to St. Lucie, he was the Fireflies left fielder and designated hitter.

Alderson hopes that the move to St. Lucie and High-A would help with fans.

“I actually think it’s been great for baseball,” Alderson said. “It’s been unbelievable for the South Atlantic League in terms of interest and entertainment. We’ll see how far he goes.”

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