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PORT ST. LUCIE Carlos Gonzalez Jersey , Fla. (AP) By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. Hes fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field.Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player.On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL quarterback was reflecting on last year, when he injured his ankle stepping on a sprinkler head at the beginning of camp.I didnt run or I didnt play one snap of outfield, Tebow said Saturday, eliciting big laughs while catching his own slip-up.Nevertheless, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is no fish out of shoulder pads anymore. Hes not on the 40-man major league roster, but hes in big league camp for the second consecutive year and ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse in April.One step away.This will be like, sort of the biggest spring training for me http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... ieu-jersey , the 31-year-old Tebow said. This journey isnt defined by just getting there. I think, shoot, Ive already enjoyed it enough to say its worth it. The whole process. Would that be awesome? Of course it would. It would be such an amazing thing and it would be so enjoyable, but at the same time, regardless of what happens, I know that Ill enjoy it every day and I think thats the biggest thing for me.In his second full season of minor league baseball, Tebow batted a respectable .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last year. The left fielder socked a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw, then hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games during July. He even doubled in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11.Eight days later, however, he broke the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a swing. Season-ending surgery squashed any hope of a fast promotion to the majors.He did a tremendous job last year Gerardo Parra Jersey , Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. You have to give him credit for the strides he made.They were evident Saturday during batting practice in a group that included top prospect Peter Alonso, a brawny slugger and fellow Florida Gators product.Means hes pretty awesome, said a smiling Tebow, who won two national football championships in college.Tebows thick arms and muscular frame helped him launch several balls over the fence on a back field. Hes been working with personal hitting coach Jay Gibbons, an ex-major leaguer who traveled with Tebow throughout the offseason while he worked his other job as a college football television analyst.Tebow said he took batting practice on countless college ballfields all over the country.Its hard contact. I think I need to have a talk with him about his conditioning. Hes probably not strong enough, Callaway cracked. So yeah, its raw power, its real, and the bat moves through the zone pretty swiftly.This kid has confidence, because he works. And I definitely see a baseball player out of Tim Tebow. Not just because hes in a uniform, but because he wants it so bad http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... ton-jersey , the manager added.At the souvenir stand between Tom Seaver Curve and Willie Mays Drive, No. 15 Tebow T-shirts were on sale for $32 along with those of several other players. Tebows shirt was gray, while the big leaguers were in blue.Were just going to get him out there as much as possible, Callaway said. We want to get him out there and see major league pitching. And I know hes going to continue to improve because thats who he is.Regardless of whether he ever makes it to the majors, Tebow has come a long way in a short time on the diamond after spending 2010-12 in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Remember, it was just a few years ago that he picked up baseball again for the first time since high school.A national celebrity also popular for his charity work and outspoken faith, Tebow was laughed at and criticized when he embarked on his new career. Last spring, limited to at-bats as the designated hitter because of an ankle he said was broken, Tebow went 1 for 18 (.056) in seven games with the Mets before returning to minor league camp. He said the pain caused bad mechanics.Its kind of hard to put into words how much more comfortable I feel, to be honest with you. Just in the little things. Shoot, in knowing what Im going to grab to bring out there with me for practice Nolan Arenado Jersey , you know? Tebow said. Just playing catch, going through the motions, balls off the bat, off the wall, all of those things.And while some players bemoan the monotony of spring training, Tebow enjoys the workouts under the sun and inside the cage, always trying to improve.I love the grind of it. I love the challenge, he said. Even like for football with training camp, I loved it. I think I was kind of weird that way, but I embraced it. I kind of think Im the same way with baseball.So even with revered ex-Florida coach Steve Spurrier pitching him a spot in the new Alliance of American Football, Tebow wasnt interested.It wasnt very hard and theyve called a lot. And Coach Spurrier keeps calling and I love Coach Spurrier Charlie Blackmon Jersey , Tebow said. Im all in on baseball. No way could I stop and not give this the chance after everything that Ive worked for. SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have declined their part of outfielder Denard Spans $12 million mutual option for next year in favor of a $4 million buyout, making the 34-year-old a free agent.Span, who exercised his part of the option, was acquired by Seattle last May in a trade with Tampa Bay and became one of the Mariners most consistent hitters. Span hit .272 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 94 games with the Mariners, often batting in the middle of Seattles order. He played 87 of those games in the outfield, almost all in left field.Span agreed to a $31 million, three-year contract with San Francisco before the 2016 season and earned an additional $4.75 million in performance bonuses and escalators that raised his earnings under the deal to $35.75 million.He was traded to Tampa Bay from San Francisco last offseason and relished the chance to play where he grew up. But with Seattle needing a left-handed bat after the suspension of Robinson Cano as it tried to contend for a playoff spot, he was traded to the Mariners along with reliever Alex Colome for a pair of minor leaguers.

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