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Tebow is hitting .246 for the Fireflies

AP

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow continues to draw customers to the Columbia Fireflies ballpark. Despite not hitting a home run since cranking two in his first three Single A games, Tebow continues to play well enough to pass the eyeball test.

He’s batting .246 through 18 games, with 16 hits and 16 strikeouts in 65 at-bats. On Wednesday, Tebow had three hits in four at-bats, including a triple.

Attendance on Wednesday for the Fireflies was below 3,200, down sharply from the average of 5,704 through the team’s first 11 home games.

Tebow turns 30 on August 14, so the clock on his development continues to tick and tick and tick. Still, in less than a year he’s gotten to the point where he is getting a hit roughly once in every four tries. While that won’t propel him to the Mets any time soon, it’s progress.

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35 Responses to “Tebow is hitting .246 for the Fireflies”
  1. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 26, 2017 7:51 PM

    When it comes to Mr. Bible Thumper and his .246 I’m more interested in him missing the .754

  2. bigdaddyrockytop says: Apr 26, 2017 7:56 PM

    The same as his completion percentage for Denver. Ironic.

  3. braddavery says: Apr 26, 2017 7:57 PM

    He’s doing something he loves. Good for him. I wish him the best.

  4. aliveguy24 says: Apr 26, 2017 7:58 PM

    Ahh yes thanks for the Tebow update. Now I can sleep.

  5. jharmon64 says: Apr 26, 2017 8:00 PM

    That’s pretty solid for a 30 year old that hasn’t played in a decade. Good for him pursuing his dream.

  6. buccityboy says: Apr 26, 2017 8:02 PM

    OPS’ing .644 in High-A ball as a fully matured athlete against 20-22 year olds is not passing the eye test. Its pretty abyssal. Reports of his defense and in particular his arm are also not positive. Its nothing more than a sideshow at this point.

  7. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 26, 2017 8:12 PM

    braddavery says:
    He’s doing something he loves. Good for him. I wish him the best.
    ^^^^^

    But…but I thought he loved being an NFL Quarterback?

  8. arwiv says: Apr 26, 2017 8:23 PM

    Anyone who can hit above .200 at any level of professional ball in the US is the elite of the elite of the elite regarding their skills as a baseball player. People calling his .644 ops in A ball abysmal are either ex-players who are just jerks or normal people who have no clue.

  9. liquidmuse says: Apr 26, 2017 8:28 PM

    I love how Bortles has a slow release, is inaccurate (in three times the games as Tebow), hasn’t sniffed the playoffs (remember, Denver picked second before Tim took them there and won), and apparently lost the locker room. Yet still somehow better than Tebow. That, literally, makes no sense.

    And now Elway s HOPING to make the playoffs with a less experienced, slightly more accurate, and bigger Tebow in Paxton Lynch. That makes no sense either.

    Meanwhile, most of the guys who cut Tebow or didn’t give him a chance are doing awesome (Idzik, Rex, Chip, John Fox (Mike Glennon?!?))

  10. vottorific says: Apr 26, 2017 8:50 PM

    So what is the Lightning Bugs record this year?

  11. sdelmonte says: Apr 26, 2017 8:59 PM

    At the rate the Mets are going, he will be batting leadoff. And in the bullpen.

  12. stevejjones says: Apr 26, 2017 9:01 PM

    It’s outlandish to think a 6’3, 233 lb stud athlete can hit a ball with a hunk of wood. It’ll never work.

  13. floridaslonechargersfan says: Apr 26, 2017 9:14 PM

    Who decided on the intimidating name “Fireflies?”

  14. zaphod424242 says: Apr 26, 2017 9:21 PM

    He may not get further and he always has a sideshow in tow, but it’s an impressive achievement and I salute him for doing it, especially if it holds greater interest to him than say playing H-back.

  15. imaduffer says: Apr 26, 2017 9:38 PM

    “Sports Center is next” stay tuned………….

  16. gogreenbiotch says: Apr 26, 2017 9:43 PM

    I gotta give credit to Tebow. That’s tough to do. Ask Jordan.

  17. stevejjones says: Apr 26, 2017 10:02 PM

    Babe Ruth, listed at 6-2, 215. Hank Aaron 6′, 180. Its been a few years since I took geology but I think Tebow can propel a ball far.

  18. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 26, 2017 10:25 PM

    Seems that average has only been going up the last couple weeks. Doubt he makes the majors, but there’s no doubt he’s a talented athlete to jump right in and bat .246 (and will likely only improve) after 10 years away from baseball. That’s better than Jordan was able to muster.

  19. xavier179 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:26 PM

    Here is a trivia question:
    What person washed out from the NFL and MLB before turning 30?

  20. boracaydude says: Apr 26, 2017 11:21 PM

    Always a Gator, now a Firefly …

  21. imodan says: Apr 26, 2017 11:32 PM

    .246? High A ball? I’m quessing they are polishing the bust for the HOF as we speak. What a joke.

  22. imodan says: Apr 26, 2017 11:35 PM

    arwiv says:
    Apr 26, 2017 8:23 PM
    Anyone who can hit above .200 at any level of professional ball in the US is the elite of the elite of the elite regarding their skills as a baseball player. People calling his .644 ops in A ball abysmal are either ex-players who are just jerks or normal people who have no clue.
    ———————————————————
    elite of the elite of the elite? I needed a good laugh, thanks!

  23. asgrimsnorrison says: Apr 26, 2017 11:41 PM

    I’m glad he has found serenity.

  24. skittlesareyum says: Apr 26, 2017 11:53 PM

    Good to hear. What sport does he play again?

  25. patjvike says: Apr 27, 2017 1:43 AM

    I have played, Ice Hockey, Football, Baseball, Tennis and Golf..

    The hardest thing to do in my opinion is hit a baseball. especially in the “Bigs”.. That includes the “minors” ..

    Hats off to him 1-4 is good.. but at 30, well…..

    In another NFL era he could have been a Paul Horning type..

    Great Kid.. MY daughter could bring a man like him home any time..

  26. billybone says: Apr 27, 2017 1:58 AM

    Good for him!! He’s done and will do more than many of us will ever have the courage and balls to accomplish. If you thumb down his accomplishments, you’re nothing but a hater.

  27. bleedingfacemask says: Apr 27, 2017 2:37 AM

    246 Fireflies is now the name of my new Christian rock band.

  28. stairwayto7 says: Apr 27, 2017 6:53 AM

    Of course ESPN won’t fire this guy from their network!

  29. george1859 says: Apr 27, 2017 6:54 AM

    Where is the weekly Duron Carter update?

  30. danieladougan says: Apr 27, 2017 8:23 AM

    How is he on defense? Is he throwing the ball into the ground instead of to his teammates?

  31. sn19 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:32 AM

    Now we just need an updated on the former SF QB and our day will be complete.

  32. buckybadger says: Apr 27, 2017 9:59 AM

    @liquidmuse, he got every chance in the world yet you guys still complain. Several team brought him in and he simply can’t throw the ball, something needed to succeed.

  33. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Apr 27, 2017 12:55 PM

    Why are the actions of retired NFL players considered relevant here?

  34. stubbyjones says: Apr 27, 2017 1:10 PM

    so?

  35. big64d says: Apr 27, 2017 1:14 PM

    The circus that surrounds Tebow isn’t orchestrated by Tebow. Its by the people trying to benefit financially from having him around. You may not like him but the over exposure is the fault of companies like ESPN and not Tim himself. The guy is just trying to live out a life long dream and his fame and abilities have allowed him to do so.

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