In case you have been living under a rock, or more focused on the U.S. presidential election cycle than baseball, you may have missed the news that the New York Mets have signed Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. Tebow’s baseball schedule in the Fall Instructional League will be based with the St. Lucie team in Florida, and will take place from September 18th through October 8th. The Fall Instructional League commonly sees a number of the respective team’s who participate in its draft picks undergo a mix of instruction with live games throughout the timeframe of the assignment. The schedule will consist of a mix of camp days, home, and away games for Tebow and the other Mets prospects.
What are Tim Tebow’s Odds of Playing in the Major Leagues?
For the Mets fans out there, the odds are extremely long (or improbable) that we will ever see Time Tebow play at Citi Field or for another MLB team. Although those of us who are old enough remember Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders for recent athletes who competed in both leagues, Tebow is more closely comparable to Michael Jordan’s attempt to make a run at playing in Major League Baseball in between his retirements from the NBA. During the one season that Jordan played professional baseball, he was only able to hit .202 with a total of three home runs and 51 RBI’s in 436 at-bats while playing Double-A ball.
What Happens in the Fall Instructional league?
The primary purpose of the Fall Instructional league in Port St. Lucie is to provide one-on-one time with the prospects with their respective coaches and team coordinators. The primary focus on the league is on development vice the team winning the games they do play. The players range from those recently drafted to those working on a new position, or even coming back from an injury. For Tebow, this will take place based out of the Mets’ complex located in Port St. Lucie where the team’s Single-A affiliate just wrapped up their regular season.
How Many Fans will Show up to Watch Tebow?
Many Mets’ fans still remember when music star, Garth Brooks did a similar assignment with the Mets back in 2000. Brooks did not manage to get a hit (going 0 for 17); however fans lined up to get to see him on the ball field. Based on Tebow’s past popularity (and the fact that he’ll be playing in Florida near his hometown), we can expect to see large crowds at the ball field. For reference, the first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers drew more than 1,500 fans. The team will likely see many more fans than this for Tebow’s debut.
How Does the Fall Instructional League Schedule Work?
The Fall Instructional League schedule is a combination of camp days, home games, and away games. The team will typically release the final schedule closer to the start of the League on September 18th. If the schedule holds true to form compared to past seasons, the league will open with a Camp Day on September 18th, and then start a cycle of two game days (one home and one away) with the third day back in camp for the duration of the short season. An example of the schedule from a past season is here. As more information is released on the specific 2016 schedule, we will update it here for you.
Update to Tim Tebow’s Workout Schedule
Per his agreement with the Mets, Tebow will make his first workout on Monday, September 19th. Here are the specifics:
New York Mets Instructional League Workouts
First workout: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19
Where: Tradition Field complex, Port St. Lucie
Admission: Free (enter behind Field 2 near the Peacock Blvd. entrance)
For more information: Call 772-871-2115
Additional information: Fans can bring food and drink. Water and soda will be available for purchase, but no food will be sold.
Video of Tim Tebow’s MLB Tryout
In case you missed the video of Tebow’s tryout and would like to check it out before its time for the 2016 MLB playoffs!