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

Tim Tebow will start his veteran ball tour in 2017 with a New York Mets’ Class A group in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy leader was told Monday that he will be reserved to a Columbia Fireflies, a Mets’ associate in a South Atlantic League.

“Sending him to a full-season bar is what we hoped to be means to do,” Mets ubiquitous manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday. “And formed on what he’s finished in open training, and his whole physique of work given final fall, we feel gentle with him going to Columbia.”

Tebow is attack .200 (4-for-20) in 7 games for a Mets in open training. The Mets have been personification him in a outfield.

“I am vehement about stability a journey. we schooled so most this open operative with T.C. [Terry Collins], Kevin Long, and Tom Goodwin,” Tebow pronounced in a statement. “I hear so many good things about a City of Columbia. we hear a track is great. we demeanour brazen to entrance there to make an impact on a margin and a community.”

Tebow, 29, won a Heisman Trophy with a Florida Gators and helped a group take dual inhabitant championships. He played professionally for a Denver Broncos from 2010 to ’11, heading them to a playoff overtime feat over a Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, and a New York Jets (2012). He spent training camps with a New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and 2015, respectively, though never played in a unchanging deteriorate for those teams.

“Tebow’s story is so constrained — from a BCS National Championships and a NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a veteran ball player,” Fireflies boss John Katz pronounced in a statement. “His humility, faith and invariable joining to improved himself will move a new energetic to a clubhouse. Having a actor that has achieved his turn of success on dual large stages will eventually compensate outrageous dividends for a players as they pursue their dreams of personification for a New York Mets.”

Tebow sealed with a Mets on Sept. 8 and participated in 3 Florida Instructional League games. He played in 19 contests in a Arizona Fall League.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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