Courtesy: Columbia Fireflies
COLUMBIA, SC – Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow will play his final game in Columbia today, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced. The 29-year-old will be promoted to the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets after tonight’s game, joining three other Fireflies who earned call-ups this week.
Tebow is leaving Columbia immediately after the game and will not be available to sign postgame autographs.
“Tim brought an incredible amount of experience and leadership to our clubhouse,” Fireflies president John Katz said. “His contributions, both on the field and in our 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.”
Heading into Sunday’s matchup with Kannapolis, Tebow has appeared in 63 games and owns a .222 batting average. The outfielder has drilled three homers – one coming in his first at-bat on opening night – knocked in 23 runs and worked 23 walks. Tebow leaves with the second-most doubles on the team (14).
The two-time national champion at Florida and former NFL quarterback signed with the Mets on September 8, 2016. It was announced on March 20 that Tebow would begin the season with the Fireflies. He played his first professional baseball game in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,412 on April 6 at Spirit Communications Park.
St. Lucie is off on Monday and returns to action against the Palm Beach Cardinals on June 27.
The Columbia Fireflies will be in Augusta for a three-game series beginning July 4th.