The New York Mets announced today that Tim Tebow will be assigned to the Columbia Fireflies - the franchise's lower-single A affiliate in SC. The Gators won both of Tebow's trips to SC, 51-31 in his Heisman Trophy season of 2007 and 24-14 in 2009.
"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do", Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday's Marc Carig on Monday.
Tebow signed with the Mets on September 8 and participated in three Florida Instructional League games, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Tebow's journey through the minor leagues begins on April 6 at home against the Augusta GreenJackets. "We've got lots of room for lots of players at lots of different levels".
Tebow finished with a.194 batting average (12-for-62) with two RBIs and eight walks.More news: Leicester boss Shakespeare: There's no magic in the web of our recovery
Columbia Fireflies graphic announcing Tim Tebow coming to team. As far as rungs on the pro baseball ladder go this one's practically touching the ground, but you have to start somewhere.
"'He's getting better, ' Mets manager Terry Collins said".
When Tebow was in uniform in Columbia back in 2007 as the University of Florida's star quarterback, he ran for a school record five touchdowns and threw for two more, defeating USC 51-31. He played three seasons in the National Football League between 2010-12 for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Steve Spurrier did it, and now it looks as if Tim Tebow is following the same path - on the baseball diamond. The fact that he's starting at Columbia, he's really not taking anybody's spot. By the way, we have lots of players in our organization who are just that: organizational players.