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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate

Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as attempts his a transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.

“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cargo Cultist Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM (#5420032)
I don't think he has any chance to speak of, but good luck to him.
   2. dlf Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:10 PM (#5420038)
Guess that is the last time I can un-ironically wear the club's firefly in a mason jar t-shirt.
   3. wjones Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:35 PM (#5420060)
Well, I guess that means I might get to see him when Columbia comes to Rome.
   4. ckash Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:41 PM (#5420067)
Columbia comes to Lexington in mid-May. Wonder if he'll still be playing, and what kind of reception he would get as a former SEC rival.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:45 PM (#5420070)

He's hit .235 / .278 / .235 in Spring Training in 6 games. I don't see the harm in sending him to low-A ball, but I echo #1's sentiments.
   6. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:45 PM (#5420071)
I'm not sure whether I don't care or I don't care...
   7. vagab0nd kills for candy Posted: March 20, 2017 at 03:14 PM (#5420084)
last thursday night i saw someone wearing a tebow mets jersey. i was at the columbus blue jackets vs florida panthers game.

mission accomplished, sandy.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 03:24 PM (#5420094)
.235 / .278 / .235


Better than I would have guessed.
   9. Lassus Posted: March 20, 2017 at 03:35 PM (#5420102)
Better than I would have guessed.

Internet feedback loop.
   10. billyshears Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:24 PM (#5420139)
I suspect that he will be reasonably mediocre.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:48 PM (#5420156)

He's hit .235 / .278 / .235 in Spring Training in 6 games.


Nice stats, nerd, but what was the Mets WIN-LOSS record in games he played, cause that's the only stat that counts.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:11 PM (#5420182)
What does he have to hit at low-A to top Jordan's 202/289/266 at AA?
   13. asinwreck Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:57 PM (#5420223)
The productive reaction to this news is starting a betting pool on his K rate.
   14. RMc's Aggravating as Hell, Arrogant, Disrespectful Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 PM (#5420240)
Ahh, dammit, I was hoping he'd be assigned to the New York-Penn League. (Probably wasn't feasible, since the Mets NYPL team in Brooklyn, and the New York media would be on him every friggin' day...)

EDIT: Plus the NYPL season doesn't start til mid-June...
   15. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 07:05 PM (#5420258)
New York media


I think this is one of the rare times where he'll receive more attention out of the Northeast supermedia corridor. You want him in the South. I bet they were tempted to put him in Pt. St. Lucie.
   16. PASTE does not get put on waivers in August Posted: March 20, 2017 at 07:07 PM (#5420259)
I suspect that he will be reasonably mediocre.


I like Tim Tebow and wish him well, but I suspect he won't hit his weight, with few walks and no power, before hanging 'em up in June.
   17. depletion Posted: March 20, 2017 at 09:31 PM (#5420334)
He was a great runner in college and an OK runner in the NFL. Has anyone seen him run the bases? I'm wondering if his fb skill translates to baseball at all. I don't think he'll end up being much more than a curiosity but I'd guess that if he can amplify the baserunning he could stick around for a little while.
   18. jacjacatk Posted: March 20, 2017 at 11:28 PM (#5420374)
What does he have to hit at low-A to top Jordan's 202/289/266 at AA?


Given that Jordan's speed translated somewhat decently to the OF, IIRC, so his defense wasn't completely a negative (in spite of the errors), I'm guessing Tebow will need to hit a ton. All the reports I've read, and the limited video I've seen, suggest Tebow would be stretched defensively at DH.

Has anyone seen him run the bases? I'm wondering if his fb skill translates to baseball at all. I don't think he'll end up being much more than a curiosity but I'd guess that if he can amplify the baserunning he could stick around for a little while.


Apparently the speed hasn't translated much yet, he seems to have very little in the way of baserunning instincts/sense. I would assume if he works at he can get to the point of not being a negative runner, but I don't know how long to expect someone who's been away from the game as long as he has and is already 29 to build any real instincts. This is another area where Jordan appears to have been better (or better coached), given that he stole 30 bases at AA.

Assuming Tebow can get his swing down somewhat, he stands to put up better power numbers than Jordan appeared capable of, but Jordan was modestly successful (relative to any realistic expectations) at AA, and Tebow's got a ways to go before he's matched that competition level, much less the actual numbers.
   19. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:04 AM (#5420384)
I bet he does better than Shaq Thompson.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:14 AM (#5420389)
Analysis of Tebow's throwing mechanics.

The shapes into which Tim Tebow contorts himself during even routine throws—the top image is just him warming up in the outfield—are implausibly avant-garde in every respect....

The fact that Tebow's mechanics are by this point the result of decades of high-intensity coaching and earnest work makes their weirdness all the more remarkable, but it also explains them, in a way. Tebow is gifted enough and earnest enough as an athlete to assimilate all that instruction and accurately replicate it. His great misfortune, it seems to me, is that he has somehow retained every bit of it—every attempt to work around some previous bad habit or tendency or bit of overcorrection is still right there alongside the original problem, with the tension between the problems and the fixes written both on and with his body. You can see, in Tebow's wincing and mincing, his piledriving lower body and recoiling upper body and flailing drowning man's jazz hand, all the coaching that he has duly taken to heart over his long career of people trying to fix every odd thing about him. You can see how taking all of it to heart has only made him weirder.
   21. billyshears Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:38 AM (#5420396)
I don't remember Tebow's combine numbers off of the top of my head, but my recollection is that his 40-time was in the 4.6 - 4.7 range, which is fast for a QB, but not off of the charts, and downright slow for a WR/RB/DB. His running ability in football stemmed largely from his combination of decent speed and high-end physicality, which won't help him much in baseball. In any case, baseball rewards acceleration more than top end speed, and like most big guys, I suspect Tebow lags a bit in that regard. While Tebow might still be fast for a baseball player, I doubt he is so unusually fast for it to help him much. My belief that Tebow will be reasonably mediocre is mostly based on a charitable definition of "reasonably mediocre", that low-A is easier than the AFL, and that Tebow's overall athleticism and work-ethic will translate to a fair bit of improvement from what is admittedly a very low starting point.
   22. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM (#5420499)
Columbia comes to Lexington in mid-May. Wonder if he'll still be playing, and what kind of reception he would get as a former SEC rival.
Seems like, as SEC football programs go, Kentucky would be the one with the most indifferent fans to other SEC schools. Basketball would be another story, of course.

I live about an hour and a half from Lexington and would maybe, possibly, think about driving down once to watch the insanity in person. But I'm sure not going to buy a 10-game Tebow ticket pack. I'm not even convinced he's going to be in pro baseball for most of those games.
   23. wjones Posted: March 21, 2017 at 11:49 AM (#5420568)
Columbia comes to Rome April 17 through 19. I would bet money on 3 sellouts. Rome has a big Dog fan presence, and also a lot of Tide fans as well. Tebow has done some charity work here over the past few years, so he has a big fan following. I hope Rome draws well otherwise, what with being the defending South Atlantic champs, and the high likelihood of having many of the Braves' Top 30 prospects on the roster.
   24. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:29 PM (#5420596)
So can we now refer to Tim as "Rufus T. of the Fireflies"?

EDIT: I'm glad Morty didn't beat me to that sitting duck soup.
   25. Morty Causa Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:39 PM (#5420605)
<smile>

Tebow is 29 and just now getting serious about playing a sport at a high level that, according to Wiki, he hasn't played since 2005. The comparison isn't Bo Jackson; it's Michael Jordan.
   26. wjones Posted: March 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM (#5420612)
<smile>

Tebow is 29 and just now getting serious about playing a sport at a high level that, according to Wiki, he hasn't played since 2005. The comparison isn't Bo Jackson; it's Michael Jordan.


Oh, I definitely agree. One difference, whether it has any bearing or not, is that Jordan went to the minors as the best basketball player on the planet, and a year later he could pretty much come back as the same. Tebow should have no aspirations, at this point, of being an NFL QB, and while a broadcasting gig awaits him (which he could pretty much do anyway), there might be a bit more urgency on Tebow's part to make a mark. Time will tell of course.
   27. RMc's Aggravating as Hell, Arrogant, Disrespectful Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM (#5420937)
So can we now refer to Tim as "Rufus T. of the Fireflies"?

You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I'll bet he was glad to get rid of it.
   28. Morty Causa Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:25 PM (#5420955)
Jolly Old is fighting for out honor, which is probably more than most of us ever did.

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