Mets Manager on Tebow: ‘He’s Getting Better’

By Michael Morris | March 20, 2017 | 12:59 PM EDT

Tim Tebow stretches out before batting practice at the New York Mets' complex, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Following Wednesday’s Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins, New York Mets manager Terry Collins had this to say about former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow: “He’s getting better.”

“‘He’s getting better,’ Mets manager Terry Collins said. ‘That was the point. That's why he's here, to see if he can make some strides, and he's made very good strides,’” reported CBS New York.

Despite the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Tebow “made a diving catch at the right-field warning track on Wednesday” and “singled twice,” elevating his slow start at the plate to a “.214 average (3 for 14) in four games.”

The former football player “had gone hitless in his first eight at-bats off major league competition this spring,” noted ESPN, but Tebow seemed to turn a corner last week, earning his first hit on Monday, “singling to left field off Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein and prompting a positive review from New York Mets manager Terry Collins.”

“With minor league spring training games about to start, Collins said Tebow’s appearance may have been his last this spring training with the major league club,” CBS New York reported.