Released minor leaguer blasts Mets for mishandling his injury, signing Tebow
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Major League Baseball teams released minor leaguers en masse on Thursday, leaving hundreds cut loose and potentially over 1,000 unemployed by the end of the month as clubs continue to reduce costs.

Andrew Church, who was in the New York Mets' minor-league system, took to Instagram to blast the organization that cut him.

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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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While Church acknowledges the people who gave him the news over the phone "had nothing but good things to say," the pitcher brought up troubling details regarding the way the team handled his injuries.

"They knew I would never say no to competing and would fly me around to fill in for anyone that got injured," Church wrote. "I realized this wasn't in my best interest when my delayed flight finally landed in the third inning, and I was on the mound in a (Triple-A) baseball game for the first time, without any warm-up throws. My UCL originally tore that night.

"Instead of seeing a doctor 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."

Church also brought up the infamous signing of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor-league deal.

"Then the next year, they made a mockery of our team by putting a celebrity on it to sell tickets," Church said, referring to Tebow, who joined High-A St. Lucie in 2017 after landing a $100,000 signing bonus.

"We weren't playing to win, we were playing to make everyone else money," Church continued. "Not the players. We never saw a cut. Well, allegedly that one player did."

He did share some positivity about the organization that employed him since 2013 after drafting the now 25-year-old in the second round.

"I honestly think they are making strides to be a better organization, but the culture that has been built within that organization for decades is toxic," the right-hander said in a comment on his own post. "Filled with snakes and bottom-feeders trying to elevate their professional careers at the expense of the players, with no remorse."

Over seven seasons with the Mets across six minor-league levels, Church authored a 4.83 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 454 1/3 innings.

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