• Report: Tebow assigned to Mets' Single-A team in South Carolina

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    Tim Tebow will be assigned to the New York Mets' Single-A team in Columbia, S.C, Newsday reported Monday. 

    Tebow, 29, is trying to play professional baseball as an outfielder. Tebow starred as a baseball player at Nease High School in St. Johns County but didn't play the sport after high school.

    Instead, he won a Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at the University of Florida before playing for several teams in a brief NFL career. 

    Longtime New York Mets general manger Sandy Alderson told Newsday that Tebow has improved pretty dramatically. 

    The Columbia Fireflies start their season April 6. Single-A professional baseball is the third rung of the minor leagues. Most of Tebow's teammates will be players in their late teens and early 20s. Teams in the South Atlantic League play a full season.  

    According to Baseball Reference, Tebow hit .173 in 110 at-bats during the Mets' fall league in 2016, with 33 strikeouts and a .209 slugging percentage. 

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