The next chapter in Tim Tebow’s baseball career will be with the Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies, the low Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets.


Tebow, the former Nease High and University of Florida football star, was assigned to the South Atlantic League team on Monday, where he will play every day in his attempt to transition from football quarterback to baseball outfielder. He will wear No. 15, the same number he wore at UF.

The move was expected by the Mets, and a boon for their Columbia team affiliate.

“Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia,” Fireflies president John Katz said. “Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play.”

Tebow, 29, is batting .235 in spring training. He started in leftfield for the Mets on Monday against the Tigers, his fourth start of the spring.

“Sending him to a full-season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”

Columbia opens the season at home on April 6 against the Augusta GreenJackets.