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MLB writer: ‘Good chance’ Tebow plays with Columbia Fireflies

Tim Tebow 'thankful to be part of the Mets family'

New York Mets Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback, was introduced to fans and media on Sept. 19, 2016.
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New York Mets Tim Tebow, the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback, was introduced to fans and media on Sept. 19, 2016.

There has been a buzz that Tim Tebow could play baseball in Columbia since the New York Mets signed the former Heisman Trophy winner to a minor-league deal in September.

The Columbia Fireflies are a Class A affiliate of the Mets and could be a starting spot for Tebow if things go well this fall for the former quarterback. ESPN.com Mets writer Adam Rubin added to that buzz with a Tweet about Tebow’s future.

Tebow has played in nine of 10 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. He is batting .125, four hits, one RBI and 12 strikeouts. He has remained part of the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” TV show that airs Saturday mornings during football season.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said it would be premature to talk about where Tebow might start begin next season. In addition to Columbia, other Mets full-season minor league affiliates include Port St. Lucie (Advanced Class A), Binghamton (AA) and Las Vegas (AAA).

The Fireflies have already embraced the idea of Tebow being in Columbia.

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