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Monday, July 30, 2012

Mark Teixeira reveals that he snapped out of funk by defying ‘order’ to change swing

“Everyone lays a burden on the willing horse”

It was a little more than a year ago, at about the time Teixeira, a switch hitter, had 25 home runs by the end of June, when he says someone of prominence in the Yankee organization essentially insisted that he stop trying to pull everything as a lefthanded hitter, and start using the whole field in an effort to boost his batting average.

“It wasn’t my decision,’’ he said on Sunday.

Teixeira doesn’t want to say who it was, except to say that it wasn’t hitting coach Kevin Long. Joe Girardi indicated on Sunday that it wasn’t him, saying it was a general feeling in the organization, and GM Brian Cashman said flatly that it wasn’t him.

It’s hard to imagine who else of importance would have gone to Teixeira, but the Yankee first baseman made it clear it was more than a request. And, in retrospect, he’s not happy about it.

“Hey, listen, halfway through last season I was on pace for 50 home runs and 130 RBI,’’ he said, “and I had people telling me, ‘you need to hit the ball the other way.’ I probably shouldn’t have listened to them but I try to please the people that I work for, and it didn’t work out.’’

Asked if he felt he had a choice in the matter, Teixeira was emphatic: “I was told to do something so I tried it,’’ he said.

Repoz Posted: July 30, 2012 at 07:16 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: July 30, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4195616)
It was George Costanza...
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 30, 2012 at 07:46 AM (#4195618)
It’s hard to imagine who else of importance would have gone to Teixeira...

I can think of one guy higher in the food chain than those three.
   3. NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: July 30, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4195628)
It was A-Rod.
   4. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: July 30, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4195629)
The Boss came to him in a dream and demanded that he change his batting style.
   5. Dale Sams Posted: July 30, 2012 at 09:33 AM (#4195667)
"Do you want to talk about hotels, or do you want to win some ball games?"
   6. villageidiom Posted: July 30, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4195681)
Well, as long as we've established that it wasn't HIS fault. Phew!
   7. Lars6788 Posted: July 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4196113)
It was probably Reggie.
   8. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4196210)
His wife.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: July 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4196341)
His numbers this year are virtually identical to 2011 and they're both basically the same as 2010. Methinks this is just who he is now.

But I tend to agree. I think the whole "oh no, not teh shift!" is a bit overblown.
   10. Poster Nutbag Posted: July 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4196349)
Sorry, but between this and the "parking lot" comment... just suck it up, man!
   11. Dan Posted: July 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4196534)
In newer news, Mark Teixeira reveals that he snapped his wrist diving for a ground ball tonight.
   12. Poster Nutbag Posted: July 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4196544)
In newer news, Mark Teixeira reveals that he snapped his wrist diving for a ground ball tonight.

No, no. He didn't do it.

An "Excuse to be Named Later" did it.

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