Ex-Mets minor leaguer Andrew Church appears to take jab at Tim Tebow: ‘Made a mockery of our team’
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Apparently, not all minor league players in the New York Mets organization were happy with Tim Tebow as a teammate.

Andrew Church, a former second-round draft pick, was one of several minor league players released by the Mets on Thursday. 

After his release, he wrote a lengthy Instagram post blasting the Mets organization for taking advantage of him during his career. He also appeared to call out Tim Tebow, when the Mets decided to sign a certain "celebrity" in 2016 to play in the minors, though he did not mention the former quarterback by name.    

Here is that excerpt, without directly naming Tebow: 

"(The Mets) made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets. I saw players lose their jobs because of it. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did. I think people are starting to understand that more now but they didn’t in 2018 when it was happening again. I was fed up."

Church said he kept his thoughts to himself until now "out of respect for the organization." But circumstances have obviously changed.

Tebow's minor league journey has been highly documented and often criticized. In 2017, he spent time between St. Lucie and Class A Columbia in the South Atlantic League. Last year, he played at Class AAA Syracuse.  

New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on from the dugout priror to the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)

Tebow, 32, is a career .223 hitter with 18 home runs and 327 strikeouts over 287 minor league games. The former Heisman Trophy winner will not play this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will continue his broadcasting career. 

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Please read to understand my true feelings. Today I got released by the NY Mets organization. The people on the other end of the phone had nothing but good things to say and I appreciated that very much. Anyone that has seen me play and compete knows that I lay it all on the line no matter what. Every practice, every game. I am a competitor, a true warrior. It’s in my DNA. From the outside looking in, my baseball career probably raises a lot of questions. Why did you retire and come back? How come your numbers aren’t very good if you were that dedicated? I have always kept my opinions to myself out of respect for the organization I signed a contract with. But now that it’s officially over with them I’d like to say some things. One of the main reasons I retired was to keep myself from expressing how I felt. I was bitter, frustrated, and angry at the Mets organization. I felt my competitive nature was being taken advantage of. They knew I would never say no to competing and would fly me around to fill in for anyone that got injured. I realized this wasn’t in my best interest when my delayed flight finally landed in the 3rd inning, and I was on the mound in a AAA baseball game for the first time, without any warm up throws. My UCL originally tore that night. Instead of seeing a doctors like I asked, they sent me back to High A to pitch in the playoffs. When I told them I couldn’t I was made out to be the bad guy. Then the next year, they made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets. I saw players lose their jobs because of it. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money. Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did. I think people are starting to understand that more now but they didn’t in 2018 when it was happening again. I was fed up. I spent my whole childhood honing in my passion and anger, to not let it get out of control, but it was and I was going to explode. So I took the opposite direction, I bottled it and silenced myself. I took some time away and cleared my head. Continued in comments..

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