Mets manager Terry Collins has his reasons to keep playing Tim Tebow at the big-league level. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets manager Terry Collins explained this week why Tim Tebow keeps getting chances to play in major league-level spring training games, despite the fact the 29-year-old prospect is arguably ill-equipped to do so.

Collins on Monday played Tebow with the Mets big leaguers for the third time. While Tebow did get his first hit and made a nice play in the field, the decision to play him ran contrary to Collins’ previous claim Tebow would be shipped back to the minor-league level. Collins insists it comes to down to the simple fact the Mets are short on players.

“He’s not going to play a lot, but right now, we need players,” Collins said, via NJ.com. “Some guys are tired and we’ve said from the get-go that we’re going to keep guys rested and healthy and that’s what we’re trying to do. So he allows us to bring a guy over that you can actually make some advancements with.”

Many have argued the Mets’ decision to sign Tebow in the first place and then have him play in the Arizona Fall League — where he struggled mightily — was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Whether that is or is not the case, Collins’ comments make it seem like it may be a bit of the former.

“There are good people in this world, and he is a good person,” Collins said. “People will cheer for good people. Just because they may not be a fan of the Denver Broncos, because he played quarterback there, or they are Florida State fans, this guy is a good human being. And you root for that.”

Tebow’s foray into professional baseball has been consistently mocked and ridiculed (here and here). Even one of his Mets teammates questioned Tebow’s readiness to play pro ball at any level. 

It's worth noting Mets general manager Sandy Alderson actually laughed when asked last winter if Tebow would even get a big-league invite. Alderson -- and by proxy, the Mets --  obviously has changed his tune since then, but why?

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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