Tim Tebow has been demoted to the Mets’ Class A team today so it looks like the former football player will have several rungs of the ladder to climb before making back into a Mets uniform.
Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement Monday saying Tebow was heading to the Class A Columbia Fireflies. The former NFL QB and Heisman Trophy winner is expected to continue training with the Mets Spring Training team in Port St. Lucie, Florida but Collins’ presser indicated Tebow may not see any playing time until the first week of April during the Fireflies’ opening weekend April 6-9.
The Mets inked Tebow to a contract back in September 2016 and since that time the outfielder has batted only .194 with two RBIs in the Arizona Fall League. He did have one, two-hit game against the Marlins when he hit singles in back-to-back at bats. But his first game was as horrible of a day at the plate as one could have. His overall performance is far from earning a spot on the Mets, or even a spot on their AAA or AA teams.
Fireflies president John Katz seems pumped up to have Tebow on the way and how can he not. Tebow just put the Fireflies on baseball’s national map. Katz said:
“Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia. Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play.”
That’s hard to argue with, John. All eyes, including ours will be on Tebow as we watch his progress, or regress, in these upcoming months.