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  • Jan
    6

    Yankee Stadium Introduction for Mark Teixeira

    The New York Yankees introduced their most recent free agent signee – young, talented first baseman Mark Teixeira – who will likely be manning the corner position in the new Yankee for many years to come. Teixeira will wear #25 for the Yankees in 2009 – his usual #23 is no longer available since it was retired for Don Mattingly, the legendary Yankees hitter. The 28-year old slugger (who turns 29 in April) signed an 8-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees right before Christmas 2008. The Yankees out-bid their AL East rivals, the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, to land the hottest free agent hitter on the 2008-9 free agent market.

    Teixeira split his time with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 2008 MLB season. He hit .308 with 33 home runs, runs scored and 121 RBI’s. He is also an above-average 1st baseman defensively – making only 5 errors in each of the last 2 MLB seasons – a remarkable stat for a first baseman who handles the baseball so often.

    Teixeira has played in 5 full major league seasons during his career for the Texas Rangers, Braves and Angels. When he opens the season with the Yankees in 2009, it will be his 4th different team in a 3-year span. Teixeira is a career .290 hitter, with a .378 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage. He has already slugged 203 home runs, scored 566 runs and driven in 676 runs.

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