Tebow promoted to Class A-Advanced, leaving the Fireflies

Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) of the Columbia Fireflies works out during the team's first practice of the season on Sunday, April 2, 2017, Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- Tim Tebow is saying 'good-bye' to the Columbia Fireflies.

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced the 29-year-old outfielder will be promoted to the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets after tonight's game. Three other Fireflies were also called up this week.

A press conference with Tebow is scheduled for 4 p.m. He will leave Columbia immediately after the game and is unable to sign post-game autographs.

Fireflies president John Katz said that Tebow's contributions to the team and community "have made a tremendous impact on our team, the City of Columbia and the entire South Atlantic League. We wish Tim the best as he continues his journey to Citi Field."

Known as a two-time national champion at Florida and a former NFL quarterback, Tebow signed with the Mets on September 8, 2016 and was placed in Columbia back in March. His first game was on April 6 in front of a sold out Spirit Communications Park.

The Fireflies play the Kannapolis Intimidators tonight at Spirit Communications Park, starting at 5:05 p.m. Tebow has appeared in 63 games and has a .222 batting average, along with 23 runs and 23 walks. With 14 doubles, he leaves the Fireflies with the second-most doubles on the team.

Tickets for Tebow's final game can be bought here.

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