Last night after ending his Yankee Stadium career with a walk-off single Derek Jeter said he wouldn’t be playing shortstop again, but indicated that he would play in some capacity during the Yankees’ season-ending series in Boston.
For tonight at least he’s not in the starting lineup at all, as the Yankees have Brendan Ryan at shortstop. Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner are also sitting, so it’s a lineup devoid of regulars.
2B – Jose Pirela
CF – Eury Perez
1B – Francisco Cervelli
LF – Chris Young
C – John Ryan Murphy
DH – Austin Romine
SS – Brendan Ryan
3B – Zelous Wheeler
RF – Antoan Richardson
Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Jeter asked for the night off, so presumably pinch-hitting or even pinch-running is unlikely.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.