By not only continuing to employ Tim Tebow, but giving him an undeserved promotion this weekend, they have made a mockery of their own player development system and undermined the trust of every minor leaguer under contract.
The former National Football League quarterback will move on to the St. Lucie Mets, the organization's Class A-Advanced team.
Alderson is too smart to actually think we'd buy this explanation. Games are Tuesday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. each night, at First Data Field (525 Northwest Peacock Boulevard in Port St. Lucie).
He appeared in 63 games this season, batting.222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.
"We've said he's just one of 25 guys", Columbia president John Katz said.
Tebow likely will never receive another promotion beyond this level. Stranger things have happened in the history of NY sports franchises, and maybe even in the peripatetic career of Tebow himself.
Here's a look at how Tebow has been hitting with the Columbia Fireflies, which he joined in March. "He's great for the game and he's great for the league". The lowest attendance for any of Tebow's 63 games this year was 2,645, almost double the average FSL game. The RiverDogs went too far when they played the "Hallelujah Chorus" when Tebow came to bat. "But if you can do more than that with the platform you're given, that's something I strive to do". As an athlete, you can't worry about all those things.
"I wouldn't say he has excelled" at Columbia, Alderson said. Tebow joked he's seen and heard worse at games, especially when fans might have had a beer or two in them.
It has been one big slog of disheartening news for the Mets this season, from Matt Harvey's off-field antics and injury problems to Noah Syndergaard's MRI-related hijinks to Asdrubal Cabrera's dissatisfaction over playing second base. Here's New York GM Sandy Alderson's explanation. So, that raises the question: Would a Tim Tebow demotion to the short-season Class-A Cyclones have been more helpful to the Brooklyn offense?