Andrew Church was one of the minor league players the New York Mets unveiled on Thursday in a wide range of cuts throughout the sport.
Church posted a long Instagram post when it came out and seemed to tear Tim Tebow in the process. Tebow spent his entire baseball career in the Mets minor league system, but was apparently not among those eliminated by the organization.
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In his statement, Church explained how he tore up his UCL and accused the Mets organization of continuing to play it and ignoring his requests to see a doctor.
“I felt that my competitive nature was taken advantage of. They knew I would never say no to the competition and would fly me to replace any injured person, “wrote Church. “I realized that it was not in my best interest when my delayed flight finally landed in the third inning, and I was on the mound in an AAA baseball game for the first time without any warm-ups. My UCL originally tore that night. Instead of seeing a doctor like I asked, they sent me back to High A to play in the playoffs. When I told them I couldn’t, I was pretending to be the bad guy. “
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He then seemed to shoot Tebow without naming him.
“Then the following year, they made fun of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell more tickets. I have seen players lose their jobs because of this. We weren’t playing to win, we were playing to make money for others. Not the players. We have never seen a cut. Well, allegedly a player did it. I think people are starting to understand this better now, but it was not the case in 2018 when it happened again. I’ve had enough. I spent my whole childhood perfecting my passion and my anger, so as not to let him get out of control, but it was and I was going to explode. So I went in the opposite direction, bottled it and fell silent. I took a little time and emptied my head. “
Church said he thought the organization was progressing when he asked to be reinstated in 2019.
“Honestly, I think they are making progress to be a better organization, but the culture that has been built up for decades within this organization is toxic. Filled with snakes and feeders trying to elevate their professional careers at the expense of players, without remorse. “
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He wrote that he continued to travel by bus and that he had lost his “motivation” to play for the organization.
Church was among 39 Mets players who were released on Thursday. Players in the minor leagues originally received $ 400 a week.
The MLB suspended spring training and postponed the start of its minor league season to March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league launched a policy on March 19 to provide most players who are not on the list of 40 players signed for agreements with the minor leagues with allowances until April 8, then again until 31 may.
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Minor league baseball may not have a season, as the owners and players of the MLB negotiate how a season will play out in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.