Tim Tebow hasn't played baseball since high school, but if his previous athletic performances in Columbia are any indication, he should be right at home.
If you're a fan of minor league baseball, this season might get extra interesting thanks to a guy named Tim.
Columbia competes in the South Atlantic League, and the average age of pitchers in the league previous year was 22.
However, Alderson is adamant Tebow being with the Mets is not a publicity stunt.
The announcement of Tebow's coming is sure to spike up ticket sales, which Katz said were trending upward from last year's inaugural season. The Gators won both of Tebow's trips to SC, 51-31 in his Heisman Trophy season of 2007 and 24-14 in 2009.
Barring anything unforeseen, Tebow will wear his number 15 jersey when he steps on the field for the Fireflies. The Mets signed him, to much ridicule in the industry, last September. The 29-year-old finished 4-for-14 (.286) at the plate in those three games with two walks. Not long after instructional league, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League, even though Alderson said Mets knew he'd be "somewhat overmatched, especially early on".
"No one works harder than Tim did this Spring", Collins told Newsday. The former Heisman Trophy victor was blasting home runs over the wall during spring training, but that power hasn't exactly manifested itself during games at the plate. His.235 average going into Monday's game against the Tigers isn't great, but it's still higher than some of his teammates in the outfield (hint: Jay Bruce, and Juan Lagares). "He was a pleasure to have around". The Mets have been playing him in the outfield.
Longtime New York Mets general manger Sandy Alderson told Newsday that Tebow has improved pretty dramatically. The fact that he's starting at Columbia, he's really not taking anybody's spot.
Tim Tebow is headed back to SEC country. He was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010, and led Denver to a playoff victory in 2011 before being traded to the New York Jets. Tebow also played for the Jets, Patriots and Eagles during his six-year National Football League career.