Mark Teixeira is one of the highest paid first basemen in all of baseball, he was a pivotal part in the 2009 season and at the time of his signing, fans thought they had one of the best first basemen in the game. However, Mark Teixeira has become more of a headache as his contract goes on, and he’s officially become extremely injury prone.
Teixeira would tell the media he would play no matter what injuries he had, but Teixeira missed multiple games with leg injuries, dizziness and wrist injuries. There were times during the season where you wished Teixeira had the same pain tolerance as Derek Jeter. In addition, Teixeira’s numbers have declined at the plate; his home-run and RBI numbers have declined, his OBP and batting average has also suffered and to top things off, Texeira doesn’t seem interested in fixing the issue.
Brian Cashman addressed the issue when he re-signed his three-year contract last week.
“The analytics have proven that certain guys obviously have tendencies that opposing defenses can take advantage of,” Cashman said.
Fans would know Cashman was discussing Brian McCann (who showed a late season turn around) and of course, Teixeira.
ESPN went further into the issue as Wally Matthews discussed all of Teixeira’s “outside interests” and how it’s possible Teixeira’s other interests are taking him away from the job the Yankees are paying him to do.
A baseball insider I spoke with this week said Teixeira’s “outside interests” — he is financially involved in real estate holdings, a chain of juice bars, and is working to create what he called a “marriage of baseball and social media” — had become a point of concern, with some wondering how badly he still wanted to be a baseball ..read more