As the status of the minor league season appears more dubious day by day, the major league baseball teams released hundreds of minor league players on Thursday while the corona virus was shutting down.
One of these players was former New York Mets second-round player Andrew Church, who is now very willing to tell you what he really says about his treatment by the Mets, the leadership of the team, and the decision to sign a certain minority celebrity , keeps player.
Ex-Mets Minor Leaguer burns the bridge after the release
In a long caption on an Instagram post on Thursday, Church discussed how he believed the team was taking advantage of his love of baseball and damaging his career. He remembered tearing up his UCL after the team reportedly forced him into a warm-up game, and then had his request to see a doctor who should be ignored while the organization had him set up for another team .
He also had good words for deciding to attract an unnamed “celebrity” for ticket sales, and even mentioned the allegation that the celebrity saw a decrease in the team’s minor league sales.
“They ridiculed our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets,” Church wrote. “I’ve seen players lose their jobs as a result. We didn’t play to win, we played to make money for everyone else. Not the players. We have never seen a cut. Well, supposedly a player did that. “
As far as we know, there was only one player at St. Lucie Mets 2017 who could be considered a celebrity in ticket sales: Tim Tebow.
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#Mets’ earlier draft of Andrew Church, published today, gave some honest opinions on the state of the organization and the player development system via Instagram.
It is worth reading. pic.twitter.com/5Rzf2vkxPh
– Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick), May 29, 2020
Tebow’s baseball career requires no introduction. The Mets pulled everything from laughter to outrage at their decision to include the former Heisman Trophy winner in their organization and to give him real bats with several minor league teams.
Church overlapped Tebow in three different teams from 2017 to 2019, starting with St. Lucie at High-A in 2017. Most recently, Tebow met 264 record appearances for Triple-A Syracuse .163 / .240 / .255 last season at the age of 31 and received a Major League Spring Training invitation that year.
Tebow has also followed this baseball career while aligning the time with his radio job at ESPN, which you don’t often see from players who are seriously trying to make the majors.
Where Tebow lacked the beating average and the time required, he more than made up for this – at least in the eyes of the Mets – in ticket sales. Almost every minor league team has seen an increase in visitor numbers in the city.
Mets full of snakes and bottom feeders
Most of all, Church seemed furious with the culture of the Mets organization, although he noticed some improvements on this front. He said his frustration with the Mets had even prompted him to retire briefly in 2018.
“The culture that has been built within this organization for decades is toxic,” Church wrote. “Filled with snakes and bottom feeders trying to improve their careers at the expense of gamers with no regrets.”
The 25-year-old Church ended its message with the promise that this release would not be the end of his baseball career, a concern that many players suddenly face without a team. Most of the players released on Thursday are unlikely to find a new team until next season, but will have to survive financially and stay in shape until then if they want another chance.
It’s a cold time in baseball, so it was only natural that a player might want to throw some heat on the way out.
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