Tim Tebow to begin professional baseball career with the Columbia Fireflies
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time BCS National Champion Tim Tebow will begin his professional baseball career with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets Manager Terry Collins announced Monday.
Tebow will continue with the Mets in spring training at the team’s complex Port St. Lucie, Florida, before breaking camp the first week of April and heading to Columbia.
“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 (April 6-9)."
Tebow signed with the Mets on September 8 and played in three Florida Instructional League games. The 29-year-old finished 4-for-14 at the plate in those three games with two walks.
Tebow then played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League. Tebow finished with a .194 batting average with two RBIs and eight walks. This was also the first time the former NFL quarterback had played organized baseball since his junior year of high school in 2005.
“Tebow’s story is so compelling – from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player,” said Katz. “His humility, faith and unwavering commitment to better himself will bring a new dynamic to our clubhouse. Having a player that has achieved his level of success on two big stages will ultimately pay huge dividends for our players as they pursue their dreams of playing for the New York Mets.”
Barring anything unforeseen, Tebow will wear his number 15 jersey when he steps on the field for the Fireflies.