COLUMBIA, SC - Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow will play his final game in Columbia today, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced. The 29-year-old will be promoted to the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets after tonight's game, joining three other Fireflies who earned call-ups this week.
Tebow is leaving Columbia immediately after the game and will not be available to sign postgame autographs.
"Tim brought an incredible amount of experience and leadership to our clubhouse," Fireflies president John Katz said. "His contributions, both on the field and in our community, have made a tremendous impact on our team, the City of Columbia and the entire South Atlantic League. We wish Tim the best as he continues his journey to Citi Field."
Heading into Sunday's matchup with Kannapolis, Tebow has appeared in 63 games and owns a .222 batting average. The outfielder has drilled three homers - one coming in his first at-bat on opening night - knocked in 23 runs and worked 23 walks. Tebow leaves with the second-most doubles on the team (14).
The two-time national champion at Florida and former NFL quarterback signed with the Mets on September 8, 2016. It was announced on March 20 that Tebow would begin the season with the Fireflies. He played his first professional baseball game in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,412 on April 6 at Spirit Communications Park.
St. Lucie is off on Monday and returns to action against the Palm Beach Cardinals on June 27.
The Fireflies finish a four-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. For tickets, visit FirefliesTickets.com, the Spirit Communications Park ticket office, or call (803) 726-4487 for more information.
About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Winners of Ballpark Digest's Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Spirit Communications Park
Spirit Communications Park, the 2016 Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Year, is a 365-day per year multi-use sports and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Spirit Communications Park is the home ballpark for the Columbia Fireflies, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Designed for baseball, concerts, football, soccer and a host of other activities, the venue seats approximately 9,000 for sporting events and up to 15,000 for major outdoor concerts. With 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 square-foot Club Level Lounge, Spirit Communications Park can also host everything from business meetings to wedding receptions, and everything in between. The venue is open 365 days a year and serves as a public park with the wrap-around concourse representing 1/3 of a mile for walkers and joggers. For more information, visit SpiritCommunicationsPark.com.
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