Tebow assigned to Mets' Single-A team in SC

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

Tim Tebow will begin this season playing for the Mets' low Class-A affiliate in SC, big-league manager Terry Collins announced Monday.

Steve Spurrier did it, and now it looks as if Tim Tebow is following the same path - on the baseball diamond.

The Mets have been consistent in saying that Tebow's development is tied to playing in as many games possible. In short, the Fireflies basically called their shot here.

Tebow signed with the Mets previous year and played instructional league ball during the fall. What he wants is to improve.

If you think that the Tim Tebow signing is merely a PR stunt and he's keeping a roster spot out of the hands of a legitimate prospect, boy does Mets General manager Sandy Alderson have a message for you! He played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League and hit.194 two RBI.

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch", the GM said. His performance thus far against professional pitching has been more or less as expected, as the 29-year-old had not played competitive baseball since his high school days. The fact that he's starting at Columbia, he's really not taking anybody's spot.

The quarterback turned outfielder will begin the season with the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League.

Tim Tebow is headed back to SEC country.

"Despite the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Tebow "made a diving catch at the right-field warning track on Wednesday" and "singled twice", elevating his slow start at the plate to a ".214 average (3 for 14) in four games". Tebow also played for the Jets, Patriots and Eagles during his six-year National Football League career.

"He's obviously very athletic and he has adapted very quickly". Tebow led the Gators to victories over the Gamecocks during the 2007 and 2009 seasons - the latter occasion with his team ranked number one in the nation.



Other news