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Tim Tebow: Next Up, St. Lucie and the Florida State League

Columbia FirefliesTim Tebow will be working his attendance magic on the High-A Florida State League tomorrow, as the New York Mets are promoting him from the Columbia Fireflies (Low-A; Sally League) to the St. Lucie Mets.

Tebow’s numbers, to be blunt, are not great: .222 batting average, three homers (one coming in his first at-bat on opening night), 23 RBI, 23 walks and 14 doubles. But he did bring a lot of fans to the ballpark, both at home and on the road, and he was regarded by team management as a very positive asset.  Tebow certainly had a big and positive impact on Columbia and the Fireflies far beyond the on-field stats. The Fireflies had established a solid base in a 2016 inaugural season, and Tebow’s presence certainly accelerated the team’s community development.

“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.”

St. Lucie is off tomorrow and plays at First Data Field Tuesday night, hosting the Palm Beach Cardinals. Just so we can keep track: through yesterday the St. Lucie Mets had drawn 63,779 fans to 36 home games, for an average attendance of 1,772 fans per game.

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