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Tim Tebow heading for Class A-ball – in Columbia

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From Gainesville to Columbia? Steve Spurrier did it, and now it looks as if Tim Tebow is following the same path – on the baseball diamond.

Tebow, launching the first full season of his baseball career, has been assigned to the New York Mets’ A-ball affiliate, Newsday reported Monday. That affiliate just happens to be the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League. Columbia, as in Columbia, S.C.

In the South Atlantic League, he’ll travel to one other SEC city – Lexington, the home of Kentucky football as well as the Lexington Legends, the Kansas City Royals’ affiliate. Among the other opponents for the Fireflies are the Augusta GreenJackets, Delmarva Shorebirds and Hickory Crawdads.

Tebow signed with the Mets last year and played instructional league ball during the fall. This year, he participated in spring training and briefly appeared for the Mets’ big league team in split-squad games two weeks ago.

Tebow and Columbia have been a terrific mix. The Gators won both of Tebow’s trips to South Carolina, 51-31 in his Heisman Trophy season of 2007 and 24-14 in 2009.

In the 2007 game, he set a school record with seven touchdowns, five passing and two rushing, along with dizzying yardage (304 yards passing, 120 rushing). In 2009, the numbers were more modest (199 yards passing and 26 rushing), but Tebow and the Gators wrapped up their first unbeaten SEC campaign since 2006.

His new home stadium, the Fireflies’ Spirit Communications Park, is only four miles north-northwest of the Gamecocks’ Williams-Brice Stadium. The stadium opened last year and capacity is 9,077 people

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