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Teixeira focused on the left side

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.”

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67 Responses to “Teixeira focused on the left side”

  1. ADam November 30th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    GOOD He was the 23 Million Dollar Carlos Pena last year…. Not Cool, Don’t let him out of your sight K-Long!

  2. Chase November 30th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Love the attitude and honesty from Mark.

  3. blake November 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    This is great to hear……I honestly don’t know if Tex can get where he wants to…..but he’s a true pro and if its physically possible then he’ll be better next year.

  4. Baseball Mogul November 30th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Its good to hear he’s looking to use the whole field. He could drive in more than his typical 115 hitting 5th if he improves the average…

  5. mick November 30th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Put this one on the left side…

  6. mick November 30th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    “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.”
    ====================
    What he should question is why he dries up when it counts.

  7. Joe from Long Island November 30th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Mark Texeira is one of the best signings the Yankees have ever made. Those who look at his numbers alone remind me of the definition of the lifelong cynic (what a lonely existence!) – someone who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

    In the years ahead, he will be regarded as a HOF candidate.

  8. austinmac November 30th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Joe,

    Never heard that metaphor. I like it, and agree on Teixiera. He’s a great pro who we can be sure will do all he can to improve.

  9. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    YankeesPR Yankees PR Dept.
    Congrats to @SIYanks’ @Dante19jr, @MjordanW9 and Brandon Pinder on their selection to TOPPS Short Season-A/Rookie All-Star Team

  10. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Damn. Ramon Santiago re-signs with the Tigers. My backup plan if they traded Nunez.

  11. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Teixeira worked on his swing last offseason also.

    BY SEAN BRENNAN AND KRISTIE ACKERT

    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITERS

    Monday, April 04, 2011

    Mark Teixeira has an explanation for his torrid start after years of struggling in April.

    “Just getting good pitches to hit and really swinging hard and putting good swings on them, giving my ‘A’ swing every time out and not just trying to put the ball in play,” Teixeira said.

    Teixeira became the first Yankee player since Dave Winfield in 1983 to homer in the season’s first three games, with a third-inning solo shot off Max Scherzer.

    “I spent a lot more time in the offseason swinging,” said Teixeira. “Hit a lot more in spring training, worked out a little less and made sure my hands were quick and my swing was where it needed to be.”

  12. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    When is Tex hooking up with K. Long? The sooner the better.

  13. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    LGY-

    Here’s a possible 2nd choice if Nunez is traded.

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman offered a “would not say” to George A. King III of The New York Post when asked if he has any interest in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Seibu Lions posted Nakajima yesterday.

  14. mick November 30th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Tex like Cano are more concerned with swinging for the fences.
    Cano can hit .300 in his sleep but,you will see his average go down as he trues for , at least 40 HR’s per.
    The money is in HR’s and RBI’s .

  15. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Nakajima was posted Monday. 4 days of silent auction.
    None of us could think of a Japanese infielder who has had a good career playing in the US.
    Anyone?

  16. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I wonder if Kuroda is still sticking to his LA only stance. Haven’t heard much about him this winter.

  17. BJK November 30th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    LIKE!!!

  18. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    In YS batting from the left side against the shift, if Tex doesn’t go the other way he pretty much has to loft the ball and try to hit it deep or line it down the line.

  19. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    LGY-

    Here’s a possible 2nd choice if Nunez is traded.

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman offered a “would not say” to George A. King III of The New York Post when asked if he has any interest in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Seibu Lions posted Nakajima yesterday.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    That would be a Hell of a waste of money for a near 30 year old utility infielder, don’t you think?

  20. tucker November 30th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    The biggest challenge to this team, IMO, is getting the middle of the order right again. That means consistency and injury-free years from Tex, ARod and Swish. To me, it’s a bigger challenge than getting the rotation right.

    There were too many stretches last season when the offense sputtered or shut down altogether. It’s still a great offense, but it’s not as dominant as it once was withTex, Swish, Martin and Gardner all going through prolonged slumps at times.

  21. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Cuddyer would only cost money in a FA signing and can play 1B 2B 3B and the corner OF slots. F

  22. Nick in SF November 30th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I like what Tex is saying, but I hope ” I’m going to hit my home runs”doesn’t mean that the lure of the short porch will be too hard to overcome.

  23. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    LGY-

    LOS ANGELES — If you staked out Walmart for Black Friday specials, you probably didn’t follow on Saturday at Tiffany’s.

    In baseball’s version of Christmas bargain hunting, Ned Colletti made a flurry of supporting cast signings in November, because that’s all his bankrupt club can afford. At next week’s Winter Meetings, he can’t play big spender chasing Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.

    Despite the splashy headlines for Matt Kemp’s $160 million signing, nearly all of that will be paid by the next owner. The 2012 payroll for this team up for sale could be slashed as much as $20 million from last year’s $110 million. Colletti said recently there are no current plans to give contract extensions to Clayton Kershaw or Andre Ethier.

    So Colletti will try to land a rotation replacement for Hiroki Kuroda — like Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano or Jeff Francis — and a versatile bench player like Jerry Hairston Jr. for less than the $12 million he paid Kuroda alone in 2011.

  24. jacksquat November 30th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The yankees are not going to pay what it would take to get a japanese infielder to be a backup.

  25. 108 stitches November 30th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Good news with Teixeira. Instead of hitting into the shift, using the whole field will make him a better hitter and more of a threat in the lineup. The home runs will come by themselves even if he levels his swing with Kevin Long’s help.

  26. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Trader

    Interesting. Very curious what his plan is if the Dodgers are out of the mix.

    The Angels should add him to the back end of their rotation but they seem to be focused on CJ.

  27. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GB-

    I actually think that the White Sox are interested in Eduardo Nunez as the centerpiece in a deal for Danks, as he would challenge Beckham at 2nd base, who had a down year and would add speed, lost when they let Juan Pierre go.

    That’s why I mentioned Nakajima, since he was posted and Cashman had a “no comment.”
    I can’t think of any Japanese infielder who played well in the U.S. Can you?

  28. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    The rumor on Kuroda was that he’d go back to Japan. IMO he’d be a perfect one year sign for the Yankees if he was willing to move to NY. This would allow the transition to one or both of the killer B’s in 2013.

  29. DaSaint007 November 30th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Tex will improve. Would love to see him learn to hit, or even bunt, with that damn shift on.

  30. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    But, Cashman almost always has a ‘No Comment” comment when asked about anything. He’s been around Jeter too long. Nakajima will run at least $35-40 mil with posting fees and salary. That’s a steep price to pay for a utility player. Why trade a young player with that talent for a 1 year fix? No thanks.

  31. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Tex tried to change his approach in the postseason and go the other way……however at that point his swing wasn’t ready to do it and it resulted in a lot of lazy flyballs to LF……hopefully K Long will close him up and flatten that swing plane a bit so he can stay on the ball longer. Its tough to go the other way when you’re a lift and separate guy like Tex had become from the left side…….you gotta let it get deep to go the other way effectively

  32. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Already new love for Bobby V. in Beantown.

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....-sox-early

  33. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    GB-

    I agree. Seems however that a number of teams want Nunez, and the Yankees have no immediate replacement as a super utility type.

  34. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    “I actually think that the White Sox are interested in Eduardo Nunez as the centerpiece in a deal for Danks,”

    Will will feel the wrath of J. Alfred Prufock for that :)

  35. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Pat M posting earlier, feeling that the Yankees might be in on CJ Wilson.

    Pat M. November 30th, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    One thing to keep in mind is that Ivan Nova didn’t have the huge jump in innings like Hughes had from 09-2010, so I feel that he could stay close to where he was in 2010…….When I mention that The Yanks will take a long close look at CJ Wilson because it’ll free up some of those farm assets that Cashman likes to refer too in hopes to obtain a good young hitting outfielder which the club really does need…….I think the club wants to improve in that area…..Gardner is a swing type of 4th outfielder or a late inning defensive replacement option…..The Yanks will not be staying put this winter….I was talking to a scout who has watched Cito Culver play and he thinks the kid could be ready in 3 years

  36. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    108 stitches November 30th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    There was an interesting piece recently on Bob Costas Studio 42 show with Wade Boggs and how Boggs changed his swing to take advantage of the very same shift that Tex now faces. Punching the ball to LF with that side of the IF wide open.

  37. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The White Sox had a 2nd baseman from Japan that did alright for a couple of years back around 2005-2006, Tadahito Uguchi.

  38. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Boggs had a totally different swing and skill set than Tex……..that was a great interview though as all those with Costas are.

  39. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Trader, if teams want Nunez, they’d better be offering something better than a 1 year pitcher or stop thinking that Nunez should be an additional piece to a large haul. They’d better be thinking danks for Nunez straight up.

  40. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Blake-

    If Betances wasn’t the “centerpiece” Kenny Williams was looking for in a deal for a one year rental pitcher in Danks, who do you think it is, if not Nunez? Noesi? Robertson?

  41. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Trader,

    I think that was Williams doing a little posturing…..I’ve read reports that they like Romine…..and that seems like a good fit for them. Id trade Nunez for him but he’d need to be the main guy in the deal…..not an additional piece.

  42. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    If Nunez was traded for Danks straight up, is there a way the Yankees could trade for Prado to play corner OF, 2nd and 3rd as well as 1st, and just go with Pena when Jeter needs a rest.

  43. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I think there is going to be a lot of movement at the winter meetings.

  44. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    The yanks would have only a slim chance of re-signing danks after 2012. He’ll end up in Houston or Arlington. He’s not really that much of a need since he hasn’t progressed all of that much beyond his first couple of seasons.

  45. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Id love to get Prado…..

  46. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Time for dinner.

    Wine and dine Kuroda to come and pitch in NY for one year!

  47. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    A don’t miss show for me. My point was that Boggs was basically saying just get the bat on the ball and head it towards LF and it’s a hit. It only takes a few here and there to keep the defense honest despite their swing differences.

  48. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    How about that other Japanese pitcher who the A’s tried to sign last year in the posting process? Iwamura or something? Isn’t he a FA this year? Don’t know much about him though.

  49. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “A don’t miss show for me. My point was that Boggs was basically saying just get the bat on the ball and head it towards LF and it’s a hit. It only takes a few here and there to keep the defense honest despite their swing differences.”

    True. Did you see the Billy Crystal one? It was awesome…….

  50. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    The yanks would have only a slim chance of re-signing danks after 2012. He’ll end up in Houston or Arlington.

    ——-

    How do you know this?

  51. blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Crystal was talking about his most prized possession on earth and it was a seat from the old Yankee stadium in which Mantle had autographed years later saying ” billy, I wish you we’re still sitting in that seat and I was still playing?

  52. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    So what farm team will you give up for Prado? What can Prado do that Nunez can’t? Nunez could very closely copy Prado’s numbers if he had 550-600 at bats a year, with a lot more speed and for a lot cheaper. His best position is 2nd base, and I believe NYYs have that covered. What is this need to open up multiple holes in the team by trading something you need just to go out and trade for something to fill the hole you just opened? All so you can have Danks for 1 year? so you really want to see Pena starting 30 games a year at shortstop, or even playing in 30 games total? I sure as Hell don’t. is this just so you can talk about Cashman doing something, whether it makes sense or not?

  53. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I know this about Danks because it’s all in the sabermetrics guides. as you know, they answer everything.

  54. Jerkface November 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Somebody really loves Nunez

  55. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Sure did. Made me pull out the DVD of his movie 61 and watch it again. The likeness of Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane was uncanny imo. I DVR Studio 42 so I don’t miss it.

  56. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    It has nothing to do with loving a player. It has to do with making sense.

  57. Jerkface November 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Prado had 3 str8 years of OPSing .800. I don’t think Nunez is going to OPS .800 next year. Swapping Nunez for Prado would probably be a good move. You get better offense and defense and give up price and team control. If you can trade Nunez for a pitcher or a good OFer the Yankees should prolly consider it.

  58. blake November 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Well I would only want Prado if they traded Nunez…..but he’s a better hitter and doesn’t make errors better than Nunez.

  59. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I know this about Danks because it’s all in the sabermetrics guides. as you know, they answer everything

    ——

    So it’s baseless?

  60. blake November 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    “I DVR Studio 42 so I don’t miss it.”

    Me too……its extremely well done.

  61. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Prado can fill alot of holes (1B 2B 3B and the corner OF slots) as can Cuddyer. Both can hit and would lengthen the bench with all the positions they can play.

  62. blake November 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I honestly don’t think Pena starting at SS 30 games would make the Yankees lose any more games than Nunez playing SS 30 games.

  63. 108 stitches November 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    blake November 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    A don’t miss show for me. My point was that Boggs was basically saying just get the bat on the ball and head it towards LF and it’s a hit. It only takes a few here and there to keep the defense honest despite their swing differences.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And therein lies the answer. With runners on base and Teixera shifting to hit the ball over the 3B and SS, there’s a possble run scored and more to come. The idea is to keep runners moving if the circumstance calls for it.

  64. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    blake November 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Yup Costas is the best imo.

  65. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    108 stitches November 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    OK, just saying it was interesting to listen to Boggs explain it as it made me think of the Tex thing right away. Once in awhile to keep the defense honest would be a good thing. Did you happen to see the episode?

  66. The Mick536 December 1st, 2011 at 8:42 am

    A big disappointment at bat. Don’t like his affect. Strikes out too much. And then you have to see A-Rod.

  67. Irreverent Discourse December 3rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    test test test test :)


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