Former South Carolina baseball player Gene Cone is playing baseball in Columbia again.
Cone, an outfielder in the New York Mets farm system, was assigned to play for the Columbia Fireflies.
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) March 29, 2017
Cone hit .227 with one homer with 17 RBIs and 35 runs scored in his debut season in the minor leagues with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Cone hit .363 in his final season for the Gamecocks with 53 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples and four homers.
No matter his background, Cone likely will not be the biggest attraction with the Class A Mets affiliate. That will be Tim Tebow, the former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner. Tebow will play his first professional baseball season with the Fireflies.
And nothing right now is bigger in Columbia than Gamecocks basketball. South Carolina faces Gonzaga in the opening game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four. Game time: 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday.