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Thinned-down Tex haunted by playoff loss

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08:13 AM ET 02.28 | Mark Teixeira, at least on the surface, is a different man entering 2012. You only have to look at a strikingly thinner [Teixeira] to know that he did some soul-searching over the winter. His batting average, after all, took a nosedive for a second straight season, and then he didn't hit much in the playoffs, leaving him to agonize for weeks over the first-round loss to the Tigers. "I didn't watch an inning of baseball the rest of the postseason," Teixeira said Sunday. ... His response was to stop eating. Well, not entirely, but Teixeira decided that, at age 31, losing some 15 pounds would be much easier on his joints and allow him to stay fresher over the grind of the long season.

New York Daily News

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February 28, 2012  08:16 AM ET

"I didn't watch an inning of baseball the rest of the postseason," Teixeira said Sunday...


Good.

Hope you enjoyed wallowing in your misery.

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February 28, 2012  08:32 AM ET
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"I didn't watch an inning of baseball the rest of the postseason," Teixeira said Sunday... Good. Hope you enjoyed wallowing in your misery.

He did however make time to catch Nelson Cruz's butcher job that cost Texas the series. Aside from that he saw nothing

February 28, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Cruz had had a pretty good couple of series to even GET the Rangers to that position ...

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February 28, 2012  09:44 AM ET

It never hurts to be in better shape. But he's never relied on leg hits to keep his average up.

February 28, 2012  09:58 AM ET

....tex will be a pioneer of sorts on the yanks this year......the aging former superstar who took the money, and now feels the pressure to earn it....without the same help previous geneation enjoyed....wink wink.....we should see most mlb players start to tail off much sooner than in the recent past....which is why pujols deal is so so so not smart......

February 28, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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....tex will be a pioneer of sorts on the yanks this year......the aging former superstar who took the money, and now feels the pressure to earn it....without the same help previous geneation enjoyed....wink wink.....we should see most mlb players start to tail off much sooner than in the recent past....which is why pujols deal is so so so not smart......

You know, that makes sense. Not really about steroids, but the greenies that were banned.

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February 28, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Not too sure how much losing 15 lbs will help a batting average....probably not much. Why can't he build up his stamina through a well thought out fitness program?

February 28, 2012  11:48 AM ET

If the weight he lost was the weight around his throat and that was choking him, then good.
If not, then it is irrelevant.

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February 28, 2012  12:15 PM ET

Heh, Tex haters, who knew...

Defense never slumps.

February 28, 2012  12:20 PM ET
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Not too sure how much losing 15 lbs will help a batting average....probably not much. Why can't he build up his stamina through a well thought out fitness program?

I missed the part in the article where they said he fasted and starved himself stupidly to lose 15 pounds.

February 28, 2012  12:23 PM ET
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Heh, Tex haters, who knew...Defense never slumps.

True but 130 point drop in his OPS over the last 3 seasons should be concerning...

February 28, 2012  12:33 PM ET
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True but 130 point drop in his OPS over the last 3 seasons should be concerning...

very true but as long as he continues to put up 30/100 and continue to save errors in the field.....his declining ops doesn't matter

February 28, 2012  12:37 PM ET
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True but 130 point drop in his OPS over the last 3 seasons should be concerning...

In 121 post season at bats with the Yankees he is a .207 hitter with 3 home runs and 13 RBI.
I think he is one of those guys who just does not have it in big games. Same as Swisher and Arod.

February 28, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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True but 130 point drop in his OPS over the last 3 seasons should be concerning...

Not a concern. The shift, the porch, he still has power. concern as in let's work on that, sure.

February 28, 2012  01:31 PM ET
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Not a concern. The shift, the porch, he still has power. concern as in let's work on that, sure.

That drop coupled with his anemic post season performance should be concerning.

 
February 28, 2012  01:46 PM ET
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In 121 post season at bats with the Yankees he is a .207 hitter with 3 home runs and 13 RBI. I think he is one of those guys who just does not have it in big games. Same as Swisher and Arod.

Gil Hodges, Barry Bonds and the list goes on!

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