When new general manager Jon Horst was introduced in Milwaukee a little more than a week ago, there was one face in the crowd of particular interest: forward Jabari Parker.
Horst is taking over a Bucks operation that had a breakthrough last year around budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo, winning 42 games for its best record since 2010. But it’s also a franchise that heads into this summer with decidedly few options when it comes to bolstering the roster.
The knuckler isn’t something players start out with: It’s a last refuge for those failing to find success elsewhere. That’s why Brian Wilson, who used to be one of the game’s best closers but pitched his way out of MLB, is trying to make it back as one. Tebow didn’t stick in the NFL. He’s got a job talking about college football, sure, but he clearly wants to keep playing professional sports, and he got a shot to make his way to MLB courtesy of the Mets.
However, unless the Mets promote him to New York for the sole purpose of the media and merchandising firestorm it’ll create — make fun of Tebow all you want, but he’s the most popular player in the game right now thanks to his pre-baseball career — he’s not making it to the bigs at this rate. He’s still got a couple of months left in his 20s, though, which is more than enough time to start tinkering with a knuckleball.
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