Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Tim Tebow will be a Columbia Firefly

Tim Tebow will be a Columbia Firefly

Tim Tebow's baseball odyssey will continue in SC with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets' low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts his transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.

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.

Katz said how long Tebow's stay will last will depend how comfortable the Mets' organization is with his progress. In short, the Fireflies basically called their shot here.

Tebow is hitting.235 for the Mets in spring training and has been playing corner outfield. What he wants is to improve. He played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League and hit.194 two RBI. The Mets have been playing him in the outfield. They play their home games at Spirit Communications Field, which is located about two miles north of the University of SC campus. The fact that he's starting at Columbia, he's really not taking anybody's spot. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday that Tebow may at times be overmatched in South Atlantic League play, but said that "what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go".

The 29-year-old Tebow announced last summer he would pursue a professional baseball career despite having not played since his junior year of high school in 2005. Tebow also played for the Jets, Patriots and Eagles during his six-year National Football League career.

Columbia opens the season April 6 at home against Augusta in a four-game series.

While in college, the two-time first team All-American and SEC Player of the Year twice played in Columbia at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tebow is one of a just a few Heisman Trophy winners to also play professional baseball.

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