Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate

Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate

Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate

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.

"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do", Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. A left-handed hitting outfielder, he batted.235 (4-for-17) with five strikeouts in six spring training games this year, after hitting.194 (12-for-62) with eight walks, 20 strikeouts and two RBIs in last year's Arizona Fall League.

The Fireflies open the season on 6 April with a seven-game homestand.

During his 33 minute press conference in March 2012, Tim Tebow uses the words excited, exciting and excitement 47 times to describe how he feels about being the NY Jets new backup quarterback. The Asheville social media guy is no doubt referring to Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson, who played minor league ball with the Tourists in 2011.

He now is still working with the Mets in spring training in Florida. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go".

"Tebow's story is so compelling - from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player", Katz said. "I'm sure he'll be a great influence on the kids in Columbia and the fans will enjoy watching him play".

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

Tebow will likely appear across SC. Tickets for the historic event can be purchased here, starting at $5, which gets you a spot on the Bojangles Berm.

After his football career ended, Tebow has worked with the SEC Network and his foundation.

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