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Teixeira hopes WBC sets the stage for strong April

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In his career, Mark Teixeira’s slugging percentage for the month of April is .423. He’s slugged well over .500 in every other month. Teixeira is a notorious slow starter, but as the Yankees prepare for today’s first full-squad working, Teixeira is hoping the World Baseball Classic can rattle that cycle and get him on track earlier in the season.

“When I found out I was going to play in the WBC, I called (hitting coach Kevin Long) and said, ‘Let’s not build up to Opening Day,’” Teixeira said. “‘Let’s build up to the WBC. Let’s build up to the first of March.’ I think that will be good because there’s never really a sense of urgency because spring training is six weeks long. Now I kind of have two weeks to get ready. I’m in great shape, so I have no problem kind of ramping up the baseball activities and really making sure my swing is right, my timing is right. Hopefully it’s going to be great for the WBC.”

That change in approach, Teixeira believes, just might pay off when the regular season begins.

“I spend almost all offseason and all spring training lifting weights very hard, getting my body in shape for 162 (games),” Teixeira said. “Because of that, I think in April I’m a little tight, maybe a little sore. This year, I’ve cut back on that. I’m not really going to get any stronger as I get older. I just want to keep that strength, keep that flexibility, so I’ve cut back a little bit on the weightlifting already to make sure I’m not tight for the beginning of the season.”

Here’s some video of Teixeira speaking yesterday.

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26 Responses to “Teixeira hopes WBC sets the stage for strong April”

  1. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I just hope Tex doesn’t hurt himself.

  2. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    At least this will give the Yankees an extended look at Mustelier, Johnson, Murton and Maruzak

  3. MTU February 18th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    In Tex’s case this might be a good idea.

  4. comnsnse February 18th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Why does this man seem so unsure of himself?

    All of his comments lately seem to reflect a,”maybe I’ve had my best days”!

    It’s almost that he’s hoping he does well as opposed to knowing he’s done it before and “can do” again!

  5. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I think it is more “I want to do well, not sure why I haven’t and so I’m going back to the things I used to do and also looking for every edge.”

  6. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    people here tear tex up because of his declining stats or his LH swing. then when we hear that tex is self-examining and trying to figure out how to stay healthy and productive, he gets knocked again.

    my advice: pay alot less attention to what players, coaches and FO people are saying. sometimes they are just talking because there’s a guy with a microphone in their face.

  7. Rich in NJ February 18th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    People don’t do anything but look at Tex’s stats. If that looks like negative, blame the stats, not the people who post them.

    Let him go back to being a 140ish OPS+ hitter. That would obviate any discussion of a continued decline…and help the team win.

  8. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Ys Guy,

    I have often said that about Cash. Putting stock in what he says to the media is silly.

  9. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    No Rich, people were ripping Tex for his statements earlier this winter. His words, not his stats.

  10. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Yankees’ Mark Teixeira, a notoriously slow starter, is off to a great start to the 2011 season
    By Sean Brennan AND Kristie Ackert / DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITERS
    Monday, April 4, 2011, 4:00 AM

    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.”

    And so far Teixeira is pleased that this April is far different than his past two in pinstripes.

    “Hard work pays off,” said Teixeira, who now has three homers and seven RBI on the season. “Sometimes not as quickly as this, but I feel great personally to be able to get off to a good start. But the key is to continue it and not just have a good start but to continue it through the entire season.”

    ——————-
    Good morning all. Can’t wait for some baseball to finally begin.

    Certainly hope he gets off to a good start, as it appears that he will be batting either in front of or behind Cano.

  11. Rich in NJ February 18th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    No Rich, people were ripping Tex for his statements earlier this winter. His words, not his stats.
    -

    The reason his recent “I am declining” comments were “ripped” is because of his declining stats since 2010. But for that decline, there would be no reason to rip him for what could be viewed as comments that reflected some degree of complacency.

  12. randy l. February 18th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    i think one of teixeira’s problems is that he seems to think doing a lot of heavy weights help him swing the bat better.

    i don’t think so. i think it slows down his bat speed if anything. look at jeter. he’s aged really well compared to teixeira. he works out hard , but we don’t hear about heavy weights like with teixiera. tex looks strong standing there, but unless he’s competing for a gold’s gym context i think he’s training wrong.

  13. comnsnse February 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Randy I, correctemundo! Rich as well, “words are the things men live by” as the Duke said.

    Tex comes off as whiny and wondering, confidence starts in the head!

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