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Tim Tebow to be assigned by Mets to Class A Columbia Fireflies


Tim Tebow is heading back to Southeastern Conference territory.

The New York Mets will assign the former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner to the Low-A Columbia (South Carolina) Fireflies of the South Atlantic League, the team announced Monday.

“Sending him to a full-season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday. “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 had a .235 batting average (4-for-17) in six games with the Mets entering Monday in spring training after going hitless in his debut.

“Every day, I get a little bit more adjusted and feel more and more comfortable,” Tebow said after that game.

“Tebow’s story is so compelling — from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player,” Fireflies president John Katz said in a statement. “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.”

Tebow has past success in Columbia from when he played for the Gators. In 2007, Tebow passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 120 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-31 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium.



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