Tag:Mark Teixeira
Posted on: February 19, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 12:22 pm

Teixeira: 'I'm going to be buried in pinstripes'

Mark Teixeira Don't expect Mark Teixeira to move aside to make room for Albert Pujols.

"I'm not going anywhere," Teixeira told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger . "I've got that no trade for a reason. I'm going to be buried in pinstripes."

Teixeira is signed through 2016.

Carig notes a source "with knowledge of the situation" said the Yankees have "no intentions" of going after Pujols.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 9:33 pm

Teixeira: Pettitte leaning toward retirement

PettitteMark Teixeira believes that starting pitcher Andy Pettitte continues to lean toward retiring, reports ESPN New York.

"I think, like everyone else [thinks], if he's leaning one way, he's probably leaning towards retiring," Teixeira, who has swapped text messages with the lefty, said. "I think that's what he's publicly said. It's no secret right now. That's probably where he's leaning. But in a month and a half, a lot can happen."

If Pettitte retires, he will have spent 13 years with the Yankees, sandwiched around a 2004-06 stint in Houston and won 240 games with a 3.88 ERA. He was the club's second-best pitcher in 2010, posting an 11-3 record with a 3.28 ERA in the 21 starts he was able to make.

Even if Pettitte does not return, Teixeira is confident the team can contend.

"We basically have the same team that won the World Series two years ago," he said. "We're going to miss Andy of course but we have some young guys who are going to try to step in and do the job."

Yep, because Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova are just as good as Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain...

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 3:42 pm

Adrian Gonzalez requesting eight-year deal

Gonzalez If and when Adrian Gonzalez signs a contract extension with the Red Sox, the first baseman's goal will be to ink a deal for eight years and $161 million, as SI.com 's Jon Heyman reports.

That deal is remarkably similar to the one Mark Teixeira inked to become a Yankee which was for eight years and $180 million. Boston felt they were on the verge of signing Tex two years ago for the deal that Gonzalez is requesting, only for the Yanks to jump in at the last minute.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer, who sent Gonzalez to Boston, was working for the Red Sox at the time and just admitted that it was like a "kick in the stomach" when Teixeira went to New York. That experience, Hoyer believes, influenced the trade for Gonzalez as the Boston Herald says.

The extension for Gonzalez likely will not be complete until spring training or perhaps even into the regular season as that has luxury tax implications. The Red Sox are holding firm to their six-year proposal. Compromise at seven years, anyone?

<b>UPDATE</b> : Wondering who the other teams were that were trying to get Gonzalez? ESPN Boston 's Gordon Edes says both Chicago teams were in the hunt. The Padres rejected the White Sox's offers, so Adam Dunn was signed. The Cubs were unable to pony up anything that matched Boston's players.

<b>UPDATE</b> : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the contract extension will not go beyond seven years and $154 million, which is an annual salary of $22 million.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:29 pm

Hamilton runs away with AL MVP

Josh Hamilton wins the American League MVP, and while it wasn't quite the landslide that Joey Votto's NL victory was, it wasn't close, either.

Hamilton collected 22 of the 28 first-place votes, had four second-place votes and two fourth-place votes for a total of 358 points. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was second, finishing with five first-place votes and 262 overall points. Robinson Cano was third (229) and Toronto's Jose Bautista was fourth with one first-place vote and 165 total points.

Josh Hamilton Here's the final voting
Josh Hamilton, Rangers 358
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 262
Robinson Cano, Yankees 229
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 165
Paul Konerko, White Sox, 130
Evan Longoria, Rays 100
Carl Crawford, Rays 98
Joe Mauer, Twins 97
Adrian Beltre, Red Sox 83
Delmon Young, Twins 44
Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers 22
Rafael Soriano, Rays 21
CC Sabathia, Yankees 13
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians 9
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 8
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 6
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 3
Jim Thome, Twins 2
Joakim Soria, Royals 1
Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1

An interesting note, both of the MVPs made their debut for the Reds in 2007, Hamilton on opening day and Votto after rosters expanded in September. The Reds traded Hamilton after the 2007 season to the Rangers for pitcher Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:06 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Oh, as we complain again and again about the Baseball Writers Association of America and their votes for MVP and Cy Young, the coaches and managers once again show they're not a better committee to choose the biggest awards in the game.

Exhibit A: Derek Jeter, Gold Glover.

Derek Jeter Yep, Jeter won the Gold Glove again on Tuesday in a vote from American League coaches and managers. Derek Jeter with a -5.4 UZR/150, -13 runs saved and -17 plus/minus, was determined by the coaches and managers to be the best defensive shortstop in the American League. Among qualified players, only Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett (-13.8) and Kansas City's Yuniesky Betancourt (-9.2) had a worse UZR/150.

Sure, Jeter had just six errors, but the idea that errors tell you much about a player's defense is preposterous. It tells you who is able to make the routine plays best. That's well and good, but it has little to do with the best all-around defensive player. Jeter has the range of, well, a mediocre 36-year old defensive player. (You know how many times you see Jeter go into the hole and doing that leaping throw, but doesn't quite get the runner? Oh, what a gutty play, he doesn't get an E. Thing is, most other shortstops don't have to make that jump and get the runner.)

Who would be a better choice? Well, who wouldn't?

The Fielding Bible Awards had Chicago's Alexei Ramirez as its third-place finisher, and best among AL players. Ramirez's UZR/150 was 10.1, he had 16 runs saved and a 20 plus/minus.

In UZR/150, Ramirez was trailed by Oakland's Cliff Pennington (8.8), Baltimore's Cesar Izturis (5.8) and Texas' Elvis Andrus (0.3), among qualified players.

The Gold Gloves have been one of those openly mocked selections since a designated hitter won one in 1999 (Rafael Palmeiro). Defense, even in this day and age of advanced statistics, is still highly subjective, with reputation playing more of a role than production. That's what the Gold Glove tells us every year. It also tells us the coaches and managers have as much of a Yankee bias as the media is accused of having.

Alex Rodriguez was the only Yankee infielder not to be awarded, even though the advanced statistics liked Oakland's infield much more.

Mark Teixeira won at first base, even though Oakland's Daric Barton was likely the best choice. Mark Ellis had the top UZR/150 among second basemen (12.7), but the winner was Robinson Cano (-0.9).  Also deserving at second would be Minnesota's Orlando Hudson (12.0 UZR/150). Hudson was the top AL vote-getter in the Fielding Bible Awards, while Ellis was behind him.

As for the outfield, that's probably where a Yankee was actually left off. Left fielder Brett Gardner had the best UZR/150 of any qualified outfielders with a 27.9. He also won the Fielding Bible Award in left field.

American League Gold Glove winners
P Mark Buehrle, White Sox
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:21 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:52 am

Teixeira done for season

Mark Teixeira Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Game 4 of the ALCS with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.

With two on and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Teixeira hit a ball to Michael Young at third base. Young touched the bag and threw wide to first, where Teixeira was falling into first base safely.

However, about 10 feet before the bag, Teixeira grabbed his right hamstring and his momentum took him through the bag. He left the game quickly, with no discussion of staying in, as he was in obvious pain.

Marcus Thames pinch-ran for Teixeira and it appears Nick Swisher will move to first base for the Yankees. Backup first baseman Lance Berkman is serving as the team's designated hitter, but if he were used to replace Teixeira at first, the team would lose its DH spot.

UPDATE: Swisher is indeed at first and Thames is staying in the game in right.

UPDATE: The Yankees announced that Teixeira will undergo an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital to determine the severity of the injury. The team is calling it a strained right hamstring.

UPDATE: The Yankees have announced Teixeira has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and is out for the rest of the postseason. He will need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which means his season is over.

The Yankees will replace Teixeira with rookie Eduardo Nunez on the postseason roster, meaning Teixeira will be ineligible for the World Series roster. Nunez played in 30 games this season, hitting .280/.321/.360 with a homer in 50 at-bats. He's played second base, third base and shortstop.

UPDATE: From Girardi's postgame press conference : "You know, Tex talked about he felt something pop in his hamstring. Barring some miracle, you know, he won't be with us tomorrow and playing. You know, we are planning on bringing up Núñez, so that would mean he would be out the next round, as well. But it doesn't look good."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 6:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:54 am

Teixeira playing with broken toe

Mark Teixeira
Give Mark Teixeira credit -- he spent two weeks in a slump without mentioning to anyone that he's playing with a broken toe.

Only when the New York Post learned of the injury did the Yankees first baseman talk about the broken pinky toe he suffered August 31 when a slider hit him in the foot.

"As soon as it happened we went for an X-ray and it was broken,’’ Teixeira said. "I asked the doc what the options were and he said tape it to the next and play through the pain."

He has, but the injury does seem to be affecting him. After righting his ship to bat .344 in July and .289 in August, he's put up a .209/.370/.256 line with no home runs and five RBI since the toe was broken.

"Every step I take it stings," Teixeira said when asked when he feels it the most. "It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side and shuffle."

Since whether the Yankees place first or second in the division doesn't matter much, they are going to have to weight how much letting Teixeira rest in the short term would help their chances in the long term. 

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 8:58 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 11:40 pm

Teixeira leaves game

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday's game against the White Sox with what the team announced was a bruised thumb. They did not detail how or when the injury occurred.

Teixeira played the first two innings, and made the final out of the second by fielding a routine grounder. In the top of the third, Curtis Granderson pinch hit for him.

Teixeira had a terrible start to the season but has really turned it around. He batted .344 in July and leads the American League with 95 runs scored. With the Yankees in a battle for the American League East, they'd hate to lose him for any length of time.

-- David Andriesen

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