Tebow Time: It looks like Tim Tebow will be back on the field in Lexington, but this time it would be at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, not Commonwealth Stadium.
The New York Mets’ organization made news around the South Atlantic League when it was announced that Tebow, the former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, will play for the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ affiliate in the SAL.
Tebow signed with the Mets last year and played in the Arizona Fall League against some of baseball’s top prospects.
It’s all up to the Mets as to how long Tebow stays with Columbia, but it’s certain that the Fireflies will play three series in Lexington this season: four games May 25-28, four games June 26-29, and three games July 19-21. The Legends have put together a Tebow ticket package for 10 of those series.
Nice exit for O’Hearn: Ryan O’Hearn, who tied for the South Atlantic League lead in home runs with 19 for the Legends in 2015, was one of five players assigned to minor league camp by the Legends’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals. O’Hearn homered in his final spring training game with the Royals, and made a good impression – again – on Royals manager Ned Yost.
“We liked him the little bit that we saw him last year, too,” Yost said. “He’s got a nice, short swing. He’s going to be a good player.”