Mets assign Tim Tebow to Single-A Columbia Fireflies

Solenn Plantier
Mars 21, 2017

Former Heisman Trophy victor and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will play minor-league baseball for the Columbia Fireflies.

Tebow starred as quarterback at Florida, winning the 2007 Heisman Trophy and two national championships.

He is now hitting.235 after eight spring training games, which isn't the best, but certainly not bad for someone who hasn't played competitive baseball since high school. That affiliate just happens to be the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League.

Tebow hasn't done much in spring training, and Alderson acknowledged that he has looked "somewhat overmatched".

Tim Tebow is coming to Columbia. "For him to be able to go out and chase his dreams playing minor league is wonderful". Later in the fall, he played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League.

While critics still contend that Tebow is more of a useful marketing tool than he is an asset at the plate, Alderson sees some potential in the raw, but athletic corner outfielder. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go". The Mets have been playing him in the outfield.

The Mets also continue to scoff at the notion that they are using Tebow as a publicity stunt.

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch", the GM said. Tickets for the historic event can be purchased here, starting at $5, which gets you a spot on the Bojangles Berm. Tebow, 29, will be up to a decade older than some players he faces, although far less experienced from a baseball standpoint.

Tebow started 11 games for the Broncos in 2011 and led Denver to an AFC West Division title and a playoff victory.

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