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Mark Teixeira returns, is hitting seventh

May 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira Reuters

I haven’t been following too closely, but I’m pretty sure Mark Teixeira has 19th-century-style consumption. Like, he was coughing blood into a frilly handkerchief when it was discovered by his chambermaid who ran down the hall exclaiming “the master has taken ill!”

But seriously, whatever has caused his inflamed airways, it’s been bad and has caused him to miss several games. He’s back in the lineup tonight, however. Hitting seventh which, while something he hasn’t done for a while, is more befitting his recent production.

Of course there’s a pretty decent chance that tonight’s game is going to see some serious rain, so it may not happen.  It’s the thought that counts, though.

  1. vallewho - May 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    He has become Jason Giambi, with a worse OBP.

    • drewsylvania - May 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      And a decline that started five years ahead of JG.

    • brian32556 - May 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      He’ll be back!

      • vallewho - May 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        back to what. a solid .240 hitter?

      • brian32556 - May 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        Look at his baseball card douchebag.

      • vallewho - May 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        typical. DB. I have plenty of times. But why reminisce if there’s not hint of going back?

      • vallewho - May 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        2009 NYY 156 609 103 178 43 3 39 122 81 114 2 0 .383 .565 .948 .292
        2010 NYY 158 601 113 154 36 0 33 108 93 122 0 1 .365 .481 .846 .256
        2011 NYY 156 589 90 146 26 1 39 111 76 110 4 1 .341 .494 .835 .248
        2012 NYY 39 150 18 34 9 0 5 20 11 20 1 1 .280 .387 .667 .227

      • brian32556 - May 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        How are those stats looking now?!!!!

      • vallewho - May 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        he had a couple of good games…check back in 4 months. I hope he gets back to were he was in his first Yankee year. But logic tells me otherwise.

    • psuravens19 - May 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      The only difference is Tex is a Gold Glover 1st basemen…

      • vallewho - May 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        mostly a reputation thing. With every ball hit to his right, he takes a step to first base, as he expects Cano to range/reach 45 ft in the hole.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I was less than thrilled when the Yankees scooped him up after it looked like the Sox might sign him. These last couple of years have helped make that pain go away.

    • vallewho - May 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      I remember the day. I was so happy. Now, not so much….

  3. mybrunoblog - May 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Funny post Craig. Awesome weird quality about the “master” and “coughing blood” that cracked me up.
    About Teixeira he will never publicly admit it but he has to be a bit embarrassed to be dropped to 7th. Can’t blame Girardi though. Tex has been brutal. Who knows, maybe this will help him focus and find his stroke.

    • mybrunoblog - May 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Craig I almost forgot. It would add to the drama of the Teixeira coughing blood story if the chambermaid had a British accent.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Teixeira is a fine baseball player and a decent person; however, that 8 year $180 million contract that the Yankees forced on him seems to be a tad excessive. It will be very difficult for him to produce numbers on the field that match what one would expect from an $180 million ball player.

  5. deathmonkey41 - May 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Whatever that is inflaming his lungs, must also be effecting his eyesight. He’s apparently unable to see all those fielders sitting on the side that he pulls to.

  6. pisano - May 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Great defense, but can’t hit. It seems if he’s not striking out, he’s hitting into double plays. I don’t know what the answer is for him, but as another poster said, it feels like Jason Giambi all over again.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Jason Giambi with NYY:
      .260/.404/.521/.925 – 143 OPS+ averaging 30 HR a year. Teixeira has hit those #s once with the Yanks.

  7. steelymcbeam6 - May 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I hate that fucking mouth breather

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Hitting seventh which, while something he hasn’t done for a while, is more befitting his recent production.

    Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself
    -Doc/Tex

  9. RickyB - May 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    If only it had rained tonight …

  10. steeler999 - May 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    The slows starts and decreasing batting average is bad enough, but feel free to throw in a clutch hit every now and then. I have a bad feeling that Teixeira & A-rod will be the highest paid, least productive teammates over the next few years.

  11. stex52 - May 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I looked up the stats; not that familiar with his time with the Yankees (NL and all). I have to say that – at least up to this year – he has very solid 1st base stats. Not worth 22MM$ per year, but good. Now, I don’t know about the next four years.

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