Tim Tebow assigned to Mets low Class-A team

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

During his 33 minute press conference in March 2012, Tim Tebow uses the words excited, exciting and excitement 47 times to describe how he feels about being the NY Jets new backup quarterback.

Tim Tebow, the beloved and hated former NFL quarterback, TV commentator, Heisman Trophy victor, and two-time NCAA national champion who now plays minor league baseball for the Mets organization, will suit up for the Columbia Fireflies this spring.

Tebow played for the Mets' Instructional League squad last September, and participated in the Arizona Fall League (AFL). As a ballplayer overall, his instincts left much to be desired, with the former quarterback not yet showing the inherent instincts of a baseball player-he often failed to immediately run out of the box, get quick reads on balls hit to him, or show awareness on the basepaths.

Columbia opens the season April 6 at home against Augusta.

Columbia Fireflies graphic announcing Tim Tebow coming to team.

Longtime New York Mets general manger Sandy Alderson told Newsday that Tebow has improved pretty dramatically.

This decision wasn't as obvious to begin with, but given what Tebow has been able to do this spring, Alderson and his staff felt Columbia was the right decision. The Mets have been playing him in the outfield. The 29-year-old is hitting just.235 in eight games.

The Mets also continue to scoff at the notion that they are using Tebow as a publicity stunt.

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch", Alderson said. "Not every player that we have is a top prospect, whose opportunity is being curtailed by Tim Tebow or anybody else". He was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Since 2014, he has worked as a college football analyst for the SEC Network.

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