Mark Teixeira said today that his baseball specific workouts won’t begin until January, but he already knows what his focus will be.
“I’m going to do the same things but focus more on left-handed, using the whole field,” Teixeira said before today’s March of Dimes luncheon. “I looked at everything at the end of the season, I went through my entire season. I need to hit more singles left-handed. That’s the fact of the matter. Right-handed, I thought I had a great year. Power wise, I thought I had a great year, but my average was very disappointing. Being able to hit the ball the other way a little bit more, use the whole field, take the shift away, it’s going to really help me out.”
Teixeira has been running and lifting weights, and he’s about 10 pounds lighter than he was during the season. Beginning baseball specific work on January 1 is pretty standard.
Last season, Teixeira hit for his usual power, and he had a .302/.380/.587 slash line as a right-handed hitter. As a lefty, though, he hit just .224/.325/.453, prompting Joe Girardi to drop Teixeira in the batting order against right-handers.
“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Teixeira said. “I could hit anywhere in the lineup, I’m going to hit my home runs and drive in my runs. We have such a great lineup, it doesn’t matter where I am.”
Assocaited Press photo