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Mets again invite Tim Tebow to big-league camp for spring training

Mets again invite Tim Tebow to big-league camp for spring training
Tim Tebow laughs during a news conference at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Feb. 27, 2017. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

It looks like the New York Mets are not giving up on Tim Tebow.

The Mets on Friday announced nine players, including Tebow, who have been invited to spring training. The 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner will be entering his second season in the league.

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Although Tebow drew large numbers at games last year, his numbers on the field were less impressive. He hit .226 with eight homers, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts in 126 games in Class A, with Columbia in the South Atlantic League and Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League.

He was 4 for 27 (.148) with no extra-base hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in nine spring training games for the Mets last year.

Pitchers, catchers, and injured players can start reporting to teams on Feb. 15, while all other players must report on Feb. 19. The full slate of spring training games begins on Feb. 23.

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