According to an official statement released by the club on Monday afternoon, New York Mets’ outfielder and prospect Tim Tebow has found his new home for the start of the 2017 regular season. As a result, Tebow will be suiting up for the Mets’ South Atlantic League affiliate in the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Single-A affiliate.
“Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia,” said Fireflies’ president John Katz. “Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play. We expect this to add to the energy at Spirit Communications Park and around downtown Columbia, especially during our opening weekend.”
The Fireflies will begin the 2017 regular season on April 6.
“No one works harder than Tim did this Spring,” said Mets’ manager Terry Collins in an interview with Marc Carig from Newsday. “He was a pleasure to have around. What he wants is to improve. I’m sure he’ll be a great influence on the kids in Columbia and the fans will enjoy watching him play.”
The 29-year-old Tebow originally signed with the Mets back on Sept. 8, 2016 and participated in three Florida Instructional League games before making his way to the Arizona Fall League as well. However, he the somewhat unexpectedly appeared in a slew of Grapefruit League games this offseason as part of the Mets’ big league club.
Tebow’s attempt at a career in baseball comes just nearly five years since he last lined up under center during a regular season NFL game.