After spring training, Tim Tebow’s transition from football to baseball will continue with the Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday’s Marc Carig on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”
Tebow is hitting .235 in eight spring training games, which isn’t terrible for someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in 11 years before signing a minor league contract with the Mets last September.
Fireflies President John Katz said earlier this month that he was “cautiously optimistic” Tebow would begin his professional career in Columbia. Tebow will bring additional media attention — and likely larger crowds — to Spirit Communications Park.
“We are prepared for it,” Katz told The State. “We know if we want to do a certain amount of things we need notice. He may or may not be here, but if the stars are in our favor like I feel they are, then we will be ready.”
As SB Nation points out, the Fireflies kind of predicted this eight months ago, before Tebow signed his minor league deal with the Mets. It was meant to be.