Mets Manager on Tebow: 'He's Getting Better'

Tim Tebow strikes out, gets plunked in Mets debut

Former Heisman Trophy victor and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will play minor-league baseball for the Columbia Fireflies.

With Tebow ticketed for his highest level of play, Alderson again bristled at the notion of the former Heisman Trophy victor being little more than a publicity stunt, one that takes away a roster spot for a worthy minor leaguer.

If you think that the Tim Tebow signing is merely a PR stunt and he's keeping a roster spot out of the hands of a legitimate prospect, boy does Mets General manager Sandy Alderson have a message for you!

The 29-year-old Tebow has been in spring training with the Mets and is hitting.235 with four hits in 17 at-bats.

The Heisman winning quarterback has been assigned to play with the Mets' low Single-A team, the Columbia Fireflies, where he is expected to play in every game.

The Fireflies open the season at home on April 6 against Augusta (Ga.), beginning a seven-game homestand.

Tebow hasn't done much in spring training, and Alderson acknowledged that he has looked "somewhat overmatched".

During his 33 minute press conference in March 2012, Tim Tebow uses the words excited, exciting and excitement 47 times to describe how he feels about being the NY Jets new backup quarterback. "For him to be able to go out and chase his dreams playing minor league is unbelievable". He played in 19 contests in the Arizona Fall League and hit.194 two RBI.

Katz said how long Tebow's stay will last will depend how comfortable the Mets' organization is with his progress. The Mets have been playing him in the outfield.

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch", Alderson said. Tim Tebow ... will be starting ... the season with the ... big-league ... affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina.

After his football career ended, Tebow has worked with the SEC Network and his foundation.

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