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Snubbed from team, Mark Teixeira won’t take part in Home Run Derby

Jul 3, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

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David Ortiz wanted Mark Teixeira for one of the three openings for next week’s Home Run Derby, but the Yankees first baseman has decided to stay home after being snubbed from the AL roster for the All-Star Game.

Teixeira had indicated that he would have taken part in the Derby if he were making the trip to Phoenix anyway.  However, since he wasn’t named to the AL squad today, it’s hard to blame the guy for preferring to take a few days off.

With Teixeira out of the mix, Ortiz could turn to fellow Yankee Curtis Granderson.  Granderson ranks third in the AL with 22 homers, three behind Teixeira and five behind Jose Bautista in first place.  Another possibility is Ortiz’s own teammate, Adrian Gonzalez.

It’d also seem to make it more likely that Josh Hamilton will be asked to join Ortiz and Bautista among the AL’s four representatives.

  1. Jack Marshall - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Sour grapes. The Home Run Derby is for the fans, and is more of a talent showcase, arguably, than two lousy at bats in the All-Star Game. Teixeira could have shown himself to be a class act by competing, and giving the AL the best opportunity to win some money for charity.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      The only sour grapes is the bitter Boston fan taking pot shots at a Yankee in any way he can.

      • Jack Marshall - Jul 4, 2011 at 1:15 AM

        I’m not bitter at all. It’s nice to see someone other than Manny Ramirez acting like a prima donna over the All-Star Game. It’s still an exhibition that benefits charity and interests fans, and a more gracious player would do it. The guy gets five months a year to be with his family, and nothing is keeping him from taking his family to the game. Among other things, its a phony excuse.

        In fact, given Tex’s non-home run stats, the Derby is where he belongs.

      • bigharold - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        “It’s still an exhibition that benefits charity and interests fans, and a more gracious player would do it. ”

        Neither the charity money nor the event are jeopardized in the least bit if Teixeira doesn’t participate. Talk about “phony excuse”. Give it a rest already.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        As somebody who has had to spend significant amounts of time away from loved ones, you couldn’t have come off as more of a jackass if you tried. Yes, how dare he want to spend time with his family for a couple of days in the middle of the season instead of just being happy with the three or four (certainly not five) months he gets with them in the winter?

    • bigharold - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      “Sour grapes.”

      That’s just idiotic.

      “… and giving the AL the best opportunity to win some money for charity.”

      You mean as opposed to the NL charities? It’s not as if the NL winning means that charity money is going to get blown in some strip joint. He decided to take three days off with his family he’s not letting his teammates or his fans down.

    • Richard In Big D - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      Teixiera can’t show himself to be a class act. He’s not. One of the biggest “all about me” crybabies in baseball…

      • smorris793 - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:33 PM

        OK I’ll take the bait-What’s your evidence for this statement? Has he ever yelled at his manager? Whined to the press? I’ve never met him (doubt you have either), but everything I hear about him leads me to believe he is a class act.

        As an aside, I just assume not have my favorite players compete in the Derby. Rest up, don’t mess around with the swing, come back after the break ready to chase the pennant.

      • bigharold - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        smorris793, .. never argue with a idiot, .. passers by might not be able to tell the difference.

    • realitypolice - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Five months to be with his family? Let’s see, training camp starts at the end of February. Considering the Yankees virtually always play deep into October, that gives him three full months with his family.

      And stop and think about your statement. He should be happy to have 5 months with his family? How many months a year do you get to spend with your family?

    • fribnit - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      let’s see: travel across the country so I can take glorified batting practice or spend a few days with my family and get some rest so I can help my team more the rest of the year.

      Yep sounds selfish to me.

      Jack, do you think before you type or are you just a knee-jerk Yankee hater?

  2. hurricanept - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Matt – Ortiz has already told reporters that he’ll be picking Gonzalez. The only question was between Tex, Cano and Hamilton.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    He is only hitting .243 and so far has not had his usual BA rebound after a lousy start. I am sure that he actually needs the rest this year. Give him some slack.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    There are seven games, all in our league, 4 within our division that I will watch carefully. The Home Run Derby and the all Star Game are useless in determining a pennant race, therefore do not concern me.

  5. yournuts - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Who really cares about the Home Run Derby? Do you stay at home to watch it? It’s useless, nobody cares about the Home Run Derby.

  6. bigtrav425 - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaa.What a baby this guy is

    • nixonotis - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM

      For saying no to the HR derby? Griffey did it consistently, was he a baby too? The dude isn’t in the game, so why should he make the trip across country when he can spend a few days with his family? You’re an asshole.

    • realitypolice - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      Wow, what a well considered, thought provoking opinion that is. Thank you for gracing us with it. Could you please present one shred of evidence other than a guy not wanting to fly across the country to compete in a made up competition that lasts an hour during the only extended break he gets in 7 months?

      By the way, which team that Tex either left or refused to sign with do you root for?

  7. cur68 - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Don’t blame him at all. He’d rather have the extra rest and I think this is the smart thing to do, too. Hitting repeated homers like that has been blamed on guys going into long hitting slumps after the derby. It seems that those who have taken part in the Derby for the past 10 years are more than 10-percent likely to decrease their home run rate after the derby and to the end of the season. With the rest of baseball seeing almost no change, this is pretty compelling. So why take the chance?

    Stats from http://www.baseball-reference.com & http://www.thebaseballcube.com

  8. realitypolice - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Thank you for writing this article and giving all of the fans of the teams that Tex either left or refused to sign with a forum to air their frustration.

  9. anniebrook - Jul 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Tex is my favorite Yankee player…doesnt whine or complain..has played even when hurt. Why he wasnt picked and Jeter was (a fan of Jeter but his numbers do not hold up this year) is not right. I know Jeter is a emotional pick. Leave Tex alone and let him get a few days rest with his family.

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