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Mark Teixeira: I'm on backside of my career

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09:57 AM ET 02.03 | This winter, Mark Teixeira is accepting his new normal. After three seasons that for him would be considered down years, Teixeira is done tinkering with new ideas, done chasing a perpetual peak. If he is a .250 hitter, so be it. He is embracing his strengths -- 30-homer power, 90-walk patience, Gold Glove defense -- and forgetting his weaknesses, on what he openly calls the backside of his career. "This is my 11th year," Teixeira said. "I'm not going to play 10 more years. I want 5 or 6 good ones. So that would say I'm on the backside of my career. And instead of trying to do things differently on the backside of my career, why not focus on the things I do well, and try to be very good at that?"

Wall Street Journal

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February 3, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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How about trying to hit the ball to the left side once in a while instead of trying to hammer the ball into the 3rd tier of the RF upper deck every time you get up?

He could have had 20-30 more hits by bunting to third..........But that is not what the Yankees pay him to do....Maybe the Yankees should rethink that.

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February 3, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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He could have had 20-30 more hits by bunting to third..........But that is not what the Yankees pay him to do....Maybe the Yankees should rethink that.

the yankees are acustomed to play long ball, but sometimes small ball workout for the benefit of the team!!!!

February 3, 2013  10:47 AM ET

Texeira,jeter,rodriguez, should bunt the ball from time to time,,just help the team get some runners on base,,,,

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February 3, 2013  11:44 AM ET

It is not about what a guy hits, it is about when a guy hits. A couple of .250 hitters who can hit in the clutch, move a runner over and get that guy in from third with one out would be most appreciated.

February 3, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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It is not about what a guy hits, it is about when a guy hits. A couple of .250 hitters who can hit in the clutch, move a runner over and get that guy in from third with one out would be most appreciated.

Their was once a 280 hitter by the name of Yogi, it was all about when! No one did it better! Nobody!

February 3, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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Their was once a 280 hitter by the name of Yogi, it was all about when! No one did it better! Nobody!

That is the stat that should be on all their cards. The only one that means squat.

February 3, 2013  12:03 PM ET

In other news, water is, in fact, wet. (above freezing) <flips quarter to brotha>

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February 3, 2013  01:55 PM ET

Couldn't be happier for this dewsh.

February 3, 2013  02:36 PM ET
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It is not about what a guy hits, it is about when a guy hits. A couple of .250 hitters who can hit in the clutch, move a runner over and get that guy in from third with one out would be most appreciated.

That's absolutely correct. There's nothing worse than striking out or hitting into a double play when there are runners in scoring position. A little ground ball single or even a sac fly in run-scoring situations is good hitting. Swinging for a three-run homer on every pitch in game situations is not good hitting. See Hamilton, Josh.

February 3, 2013  04:24 PM ET
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It is not about what a guy hits, it is about when a guy hits. A couple of .250 hitters who can hit in the clutch, move a runner over and get that guy in from third with one out would be most appreciated.

It drives me crazy when a team, any team, but especially the team for which I root, has men on 2nd or 3rd, or both bases, with less than two out and cannot score a run. Basic baseball.

February 3, 2013  04:25 PM ET
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Teix resurrects an old Jim Rice quote..."I still get my CHECK."

au contraire... that is Arod who says that... aloud any way.

 
February 3, 2013  08:11 PM ET

Another PED using, overpaid FA on the downside of his career? At least the Yankees havent made that type of blunder before

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