The Mets have been affiliated with the South Atlantic League franchise since 2007, when the team played in Savannah as the Sand Gnats. Columbia baseball fans’ association with the Mets goes back even longer, as the Columbia Mets/Capital City Bombers were a minor league affiliate of the New York club from 1983 until 2004.
“We’re excited to extend our relationship with the New York Mets through 2020,” Fireflies team President John Katz said in a release. “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.”
Six former Fireflies have been invited to the Mets’ spring training this year: 2016 players P.J. Conlon, Kevin Kaczmarski, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson, and 2017 players Tim Tebow and Adonis Uceta.
“We are extremely happy that we will be in Columbia for at least the next three years,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.
Pitchers and catchers report Wednesday.
The Fireflies open the 2018 season, their third in Columbia, at home on April 5.