Tim Tebow To Begin Season With Low Class-A Columbia Fireflies

  • Tim Tebow To Begin Season With Low Class-A Columbia Fireflies

Tim Tebow To Begin Season With Low Class-A Columbia Fireflies

Tim Tebow, the beloved and hated former NFL quarterback, TV commentator, Heisman Trophy victor, and two-time NCAA national champion who now plays minor league baseball for the Mets organization, will suit up for the Columbia Fireflies this spring.

Many Met fans viewed the Tebow signing as a publicity stunt to aimed to drive people through the turnstiles during spring training and scoffed at the idea that Tebow would hold a roster spot that a "legitimate prospect" actually deserved.

The Columbia Fireflies start their season April 6. The Fireflies will visit for Augusta's home opener April 13 and will play at Lake Olmstead Stadium through the 16th.

Tebow made his Grapefruit League debut earlier in March, when Alderson admitted the former NFL and Heisman Trophy-winning QB was "somewhat overmatched, especially early on". The Asheville social media guy is no doubt referring to Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson, who played minor league ball with the Tourists in 2011. His.235 average going into Monday's game against the Tigers isn't great, but it's still higher than some of his teammates in the outfield (hint: Jay Bruce, and Juan Lagares).

He went went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts as the Mets' designated hitter in his debut against the Red Sox on March 8, but continued to improve as spring training went on. You got an athlete to have success at so many different levels.

"No one works harder than Tim did this spring", Mets manager Terry Collins told Newsday on Monday. The fact that he's starting at Columbia, he's really not taking anybody's spot.

Tebow was standout quarterback at Florida and was the SEC's all-time leader in touchdowns with 145 when he graduated. He also played for the Jets and Patriots during his National Football League career.