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Mark Teixeira set a record last night

Aug 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Teixeira hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during their MLB American League baseball game in Chicago

Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate last night.  It was the 12th time he has done that in his career, and that’s a record.  The previous record was 11 — duh — and until Teixeira’s second homer, he shared it with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis.

Those homers likewise tie Teixeira with Ruben Sierra for sixth place on the all-time home run list for switch hitters, with 306.

Next up: Reggie Smith at 314. Once he gets there, the only ones ahead of him are Chili Davis, Chipper Jones, Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle.

UPDATE: Oops. Forgot about Berkman, who has 355.

  1. pellypell - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Just like Arod, Teiexeira swings both ways.

  2. oikosjeremy - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Surprised that Mantle didn’t hold the previous record. Was that down to lack of opportunity (starters pitching deeper into games in his day, so he often hit from the same side of the plate the whole game)?

    • hankg42 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Mickey did it 10 times. Good thought about starting pitchers going deeper into games…

    • ditto65 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      You are probably on to something with starters pitching deeper into games, giving Mantle fewer opportunities.

    • adowding3 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Also, when he tore up his right knee in the 51 series, his power from the right side (transfer of energy through that knee) took a huge hit. He hit 200 more HRs from the left side than the right.

      Combining the lack of consistent power from the right and the prominence/stamina of RHPs, and 10 is still highly impressive.

      • bigharold - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Not to mention it was a lot harder to hit HR to right field in the old prerenovation Yankee Stadium.

  3. chadh88 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    What about Lance Berkman? Shouldn’t he be ahead of Teixeira too? He hits switch and is sitting at 355 career HR.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    This record should be short-lived as Ramiro Pena will surely break it shortly.

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      deathmonkey41… lets hope we don’t see him for a while. I used to be big on Pena and Nunez (hands of stone) but both have trouble fielding ground balls. I think Nunez would be better in the outfield, but I’m not sure what they do with Pena. These two were supposed to be good fielders, but that’s not the case. At least Nunez has some pop in his bat.

    • kingbuccaneer - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      One of the weakest hitters I’ve seen since the days of Kevin Stocker…

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