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Mark Teixeira Newsbeat

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mark Teixeira: You Would Walk Gary Sanchez With Babe Ruth On Deck

Time to break out the hyperbole:

It is not a rare occurrence, except when the hitter being walked is in career game No. 21 and the batter behind him has 404 career home runs. The Seattle Mariners did not intentionally walk New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez once Wednesday to face Mark Teixeira—they did it twice. And even Teixeira knew they had no choice.

“Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him,” said Teixeira after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners. “I mean, he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don’t see guys doing what he is doing. I don’t care how old he is.” Sanchez, 23, had crushed a solo homer in the first. In the fifth, the double Sanchez smashed down the third-base line was as hard a hit as you will ever see, according to Teixeira.

Sanchez is now batting .389 with nine homers and 16 RBIs in 72 at-bats. His OPS is 1.297. Only four other players have hit nine homers in the first 21 games of their careers. That is in baseball history.

Still, you have to get off to a pretty good start to have anyone comparing you to Babe Ruth after 21 games.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Yanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post

The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.

This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is the money. Teixeira (at $22.5 million) is in the final year of his contract. Rodriguez is being paid $20 million this year and next. From this point forward, the Yanks owe the duo approximately $45.4 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 38 comment(s)
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