Somehow, Tim Tebow keeps finding a way to counter his critics by doing something unexpected.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was named to the Class AA Eastern League All-Star team despite a rather unremarkable .270 batting average, five home runs and 33 RBI this season for the Binghamton (N.Y.) Rumble Ponies, a New York Mets affiliate.

Tebow, 30, was in the East squad’s starting lineup Wednesday night, batting ninth as the designated hitter. In his first at-bat against West starting pitcher Beau Burrows, Tebow hit an opposite-field double.

That is no small feat both. Burrows, a first-round select of the Detroit Tigers within the 2015 draft (22nd general), is thought of as one of the vital Tigers’ best pitching possibilities. The 21-year-old right-hander has a three.83 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 84 2/three innings for Detroit’s Magnificence AA associate in Erie, Pa.

Tebow grounded out to shortstop within the 5th inning, flied out to left box within the 7th and, representing the go-ahead run within the backside of the 9th, struck out swinging.

The East driven a run throughout within the 9th and the sport led to a Four-Four tie. 

Nevertheless it wasn’t over. The 2 groups picked one participant to constitute them in a “hitting festival,” which was once received by means of the West as Pirates prospect Will Craig outslugged the Phillies’ Zach Inexperienced for the win.

Field rating:Jap League All-Superstar Recreation

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