Tag:Mark Teixeira
Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 10:42 pm

Teixeira to rejoin team in K.C.

Mark Teixeira will rejoin the Yankees in Kansas City on Thursday. MLB.com reported .

Teixeira missed the two-game series against the Rangers to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's third child. William Charles Teixeira was born Tuesday in New York.

Lance Berkman started both games in Texas at first base. He was 0 for 4 with a walk in Tuesday's loss.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:01 pm

Teixeira not on Yankees' trip

Mark Teixeira Mark Teixeira wasn't on the team's flight to Texas after Monday's game against the Red Sox. Instead, he's sticking behind in New York to be with his wife and the birth of their third child.

Teixeira's wife is due Tuesday, when the Yankees open a two-game series against his former team, the Rangers. After that, the Yankees head to Kansas City for four games. Teixeira told the Star-Ledger 's Marc Craig he didn't know how many games -- if any -- he'd miss.

"This is not an exact science," Teixeira said.

Yankee manager Joe Girardi said the team would deal with the situation when they have to deal with it.

Teixeira is hitting .259/.369/.498 with 25 homers and 84 RBI and .319/.426/.659 in the last 30 days. With Teixeira out, it would seem obvious Lance Berkman would take his place. Berkman has struggled a bit in his short time since coming to New York in a trade, hitting .185/.241/.259 in pinstripes. However, he'll be going to a place he's enjoyed playing -- Texas' Rangers Ballpark. There, Berkman is hitting .284/.392/.532 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 29 games in his career.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:23 pm

Padres, Gonzalez haven't discussed extension

Every story you read about the Padres at the midpoint note the team isn't trading Adrian Gonzalez before the deadline now that San Diego finds itself leading the National League West, but Gonzalez's future with the team is all but assured.

Gonzalez is a free agent after the season -- the reason most expected him to be dealt before the deadline if the Padres had performed down to their expected level. A native of San Diego, Gonzalez has expressed his desire to remain with his hometown team, but for a team not known to spend a lot of money, the possibility of that is still unsure.

It would make sense that if the Padres wanted to keep Gonzalez in town, they'd make their best offer before other teams had a chance. But the North County Times ' Dan Hayes tweets the Padres have not had any talk with Gonzalez about an extension. Gonzalez said at the All-Star Game that he's hoping for an eight-year deal.

The problem could be that the Yankees have already signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million deal, taking one of the big spenders out of the running. Boston has Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz as the first base/designated hitter combo and Kendry Morales looks to be a fixture in Anaheim, leaving most of the usual high-bidders out of the picture, which is what the Padres may be banking on happening.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:02 pm

Yankees paid more than Steinbrenner's invesment

George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for a net price of $8.8 million from CBS in 1973 (it was $10 million, but then sold two parking lots back to CBS for $1.2 million). Here's a list of the 10 Yankees with base salaries more than that for just this season:

Alex Rodriguez $32 million
CC Sabathia $23 million
Derek Jeter $21 million
Mark Teixeira $20 million
A.J. Burnett $16.5 million
Mariano Rivera $15 million
Jorge Posada $13.1 million
Andy Pettitte $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez $11.5 million
Robinson Cano $9 million

Forbes magazine valued the team as worth $1.6 billion in April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:12 am

Teixeira leaving awful start behind

Mark Teixeira It's been a little over a month since Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's dismissive "the back of my baseball card says it all" quip about his massive early-season slump.

And in that time, Teixeria has been backing it up.

He reached base for the 29th straight game Thursday night, the longest streak for a Yankee this year. Since hitting bottom on the day of the baseball card comment, June 6, Teixeira has raised his average from a miserable .211 to a ... well, slightly less miserable .241. He's batted .281 with an OPS of .943 in the past month.

Teixeira has been showing a better approach at the plate, and some of it has just been luck evening out. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP), a measure that gives an indication of whether balls he hits are finding holes, was just .229 through June 8. In the past month it's been .260.

Because he took so long to warm up, it's going to take a long stretch of good play for Teixeira's 2010 numbers to look anything like the ones on the back of his baseball card, but he's headed in the right direction.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:23 am
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:38 am

Andrus, Wells, Rios snubbed in All-Star voting

Elvis Andrus All-Star voting was halted Thursday night, with the most recent vote totals being released Monday and Tuesday. The final results will come out on Sunday, and some of the results will certainly be different than the most recent vote tallies.

However, the latest vote tallies are a great indicator of whom will get the All-Star nod, who will be snubbed and who doesn't belong on the list at all.

Let's take a look at the last-known vote totals for the AL and NL and see what jumps out, with the AL in this article and the NL up next...

In the AL, Mark Teixeira is somehow second in first base voting with 1.86 million votes. Justin Morneau leads with 2.1 million, so the chance is there for Tex to pull it out. However, he has gotten 2010 off to a very slow start and the two players behind Teixeira have had much, much better seasons: Miguel Cabrera and Kevin Youkilis. Simply put: Tex's .234/.345/.413 line prior to Friday play does not even sniff Morneau, Cabrera or Youkilis and he shouldn't be named to the team, let alone start.

Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria and Joe Mauer lead 3B, 2B and C candidates, respectively, by a wide margin -- no complaints there. (But what's with Adrian Beltre fourth with just over 600,000 votes?) Shortstop has Derek Jeter leading Elvis Andrus (pictured) by almost two million votes. Jeter is certainly a deserving All-Star especially with a weak shortstop crop, but Andrus should have gotten more respect.

Jeter: .283/.343/.410, 8 stolen bases, 3 caught stealing, 361 plate appearances, 51 runs, 39 RBI, -1.7 UZR/150 , 2 +/-
Andrus: .292/.374/.332, 22 SB, 9 CS, 344 PA, 55 R, 24 RBI, 5.7 UZR/150, 8 +/-

To recap: Andrus kills Jeter on defense and stolen bases. Their batting averages are similar, but Andrus gets on base a lot more. Jeter has more pop, but is that really enough to beat out Andrus?

The DH has Vladimir Guerrero over a million ahead of second-place DH Hideki Matsui. Vlad leading the DH candidates isn't a shocker, as he's been on fire all year long and deserves the nod. But Matsui over David Ortiz, who hasn't even cracked a million votes? Ortiz has been one of the better power hitters in the game since putting his terrible slump to bed. Blame the Red Sox fans for not coming out in force for this one.

In the outfield, it's tight with Ichiro Suzuki and Josh Hamilton each with 1.9 million votes, but Carl Crawford and Nelson Cruz are nipping on their heels. Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner -- the entire Yankees outfield mind you -- follow in the 5-6-7 spots. Granderson shouldn't even be in the top 10 and Gardner is a reach, but they are there because they play for the Yankees. Torii Hunter, Magglio Ordonez and B.J. Upton round out the top 10 with Vernon Wells a curious 11. And somehow, Alex Rios isn't even in the top 15 despite being one of the best all-around outfielders in the league. The same goes for Shin Soo-Choo.

My personal ballot would mark off Choo, Wells and Suzuki as the starters with Nick Markakis representing the Orioles. I could easily be talked out of Markakis -- he's simply on my ballot as the Orioles representative. But to not have Choo, Wells and Rios at or near the top of the voting leaderboard confirms that this is all just a popularity test. But you already knew that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:33 am
Edited on: June 29, 2010 2:35 am

Cabrera kind of has a point

Miguel Cabrera definitely does not lead the American League in diplomacy.

"If I go to the All-Star Game, I want to be in the starting lineup," the Tigers' first baseman Cabrera told the Detroit News on Monday. "If I am a reserve, that's not going to mean anything to me. If I start, it's a special thing. I've been to four All-Star games and I've never even started."

Cabrera is third in voting, despite leading the AL in RBI (66), sharing the lead in homers (20) and batting .332. It's understandable that he's upset those numbers aren't good for better than third at his own position. But there's no arguing against vote leader Justin Morneau, either. What Cabrera should really have a beef with is trailing Mark Teixeira.

  • Justin Morneau, Twins: .346/.445*/.612, 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 1.057 OPS*, 48 walks* -- 2.12 million votes*
  • Mark Teixeira, Yankees: .229/.344/.408, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, .752 OPS -- 1.86 million votes
  • Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: .332/.409/.624*, 20 home runs*, 66 RBI*, 1.033 OPS -- 1.83 million votes

* leads league

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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