The New York Mets and the Columbia FireFlies announced the extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been linked to each other since 2007 when the FireFlies still operated as the Savannah SandGnats.
FireFlies team President John Katz stated that the club was very excited to extend the relationship with the New York Mets through 2020.”We’ve had a terrific working relationship with the Mets for over a decade, and we look forward to watching their future stars play here at Spirit Communications Park.”
“We are extremely happy that we will be in Columbia for at least the next three years,” said New York Mets General manager Sandy Alderson. “Jason Freier, John Katz and all their staff do a terrific job for our players and for Fireflies fans.”
The history of the South Atlantic League franchise dates back to 1984 when the team was named the Savannah Cardinals (farm team of the St. Louis namesake). In 1996, when the Los Angeles Dodgers took over, the team donned the name SandGnats and kept that name until to move to Columbia in 2016.
The FireFlies had a top year at the gates last season as former quarterback Tim Tebow spent most of the time with the club.