• Teixeira The Future Face Of Yankees Franchise?

    Posted by on February 19th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    What, you mean it’s not going to be Phil Hughes?

    Via Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger :

    The Yankees also would like Teixeira to be the face of their team for the next eight years, long after their four Mt. Rushmore figures — Jeter, Posada, Rivera and Pettitte — have faded off into retirement.

    This is not Jason Giambi, who had to cut his hair and hide his tattoos for the introductory press conference. Teixeira looks like he stepped out of a Gillette commercial every day when he arrives at the ballpark. He embraces this part of the job and fits the role naturally.

    “From the time I met him on his first recruiting visit, you could tell that this guy had a special makeup,” said Danny Hall, his coach at Georgia Tech. “He knew where he wanted to go and exactly how he was going to get there.”

    And, here he is, at the heart of the most famous franchise in baseball. If the fast-living, motorcycle-riding Giambi appealed to the bleacher-creature crowd, then the Sesame Street-watching Teixeira figures to be a favorite to parents toting their impressionable Little Leaguers to the ballpark.

    You think Derek Jeter is a model citizen? It was Teixeira who told Sports Illustrated that he’s “not the type of guy who goes out at night and parties,” a straight-laced National Honor Society member in high school who met his future wife when they were freshmen at Georgia Tech.

    Hall loves to tell the story about Teixeira, as a junior with millions waiting for him in the draft, playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on a broken ankle to try to get his team to the College World Series. In a Yankees clubhouse too defined by individuals stars in recent years, Teixeira will try to put the focus back on the team.

    “There’s obviously some guys who have been here a long time that will continue to be the Yankees’ poster children,” Teixeira said yesterday, standing at his locker before a morning workout. “At the same time, I’m going to be here for a while, and hopefully I’ll grow into that role.”

    I’m starting to get into the Teixeira thing. I have my favorites on this Yankees team: Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, Jeter, Matsui, Wang, and Damon…but, as I have mentioned in the past, I’ve always been drawn to the Munson-Mattingly-O’Neill types. I like guys who are leaders, work hard, play with passion, not afraid, etc.

    Teixeira just might be one of those guys. Now, that would be a sight for sore eyes, indeed.

    Comments on Teixeira The Future Face Of Yankees Franchise?

    1. MJ
      February 19th, 2009 | 11:04 pm

      I already love Teixeira. There was talk before he signed that he wasn’t a leader-type, simply a quiet guy that liked playing hard but kept to himself. It goes to show that every single report we ever get on these players is ultimately colored by the person writing the story.

      I’m thrilled that he’s on the team because it’s been a long, long time since the Yanks had a complete-package player playing at 1B. We got a few years of Tino’s prime but it’s really been since Donald Arthur Baseball…

    2. February 20th, 2009 | 12:04 am

      He’s got that marketable white boy face. He’d be popular anywhere he goes. Plus he has a cute wife and says all the right things. What’s not to like.

    3. MJ
      February 20th, 2009 | 6:25 am

      Plus he has a cute wife
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      Who is his wife?

    4. February 20th, 2009 | 7:47 am

      We got a few years of Tino’s prime but it’s really been since Donald Arthur Baseball…
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      This is true. The reality of Tino doesn’t really live up to the memories of Tino. Which just goes to show that the way we remember is often not the way things were.

      FWIW, Teixeira has already three seasons better than Tino’s best. He has far more in common with vintage Mattingly.

    5. Evan3457
      February 20th, 2009 | 8:45 am

      More BB, less BAVG than Mattingly. Mattingly’s best years, in context of park and league, are slightly better than Teixiera’s. Tex has not yet put together that “career year”. 2005, which looks like a career year in the numbers, is lower in OPS+ than Mattingly’s 4 best years, and actually is lower than his own 2007 and 2008. Arlington skews offensive totals like a Coors Field Lite.

      And I don’t think his defense, while rated highly, “makes you say WOW” as Mattingly was sometimes.

      Of course, that last part is highly subjective, and it’s likely that watching him on an everyday basis will change that.

      For the record, BIS +/- numbers and rank:

      2006: +2, 15th among regulars
      2007: -4, 22nd
      2008: +22, 1st

      Averaging: +7, 13th

      UZR numbers say:

      2006: -1.8 runs per 150 g
      2007: -4.9 per 150
      2008: +9.4 per 150

      Averaging: -2.1 per 150.

      Hmmm…doesn’t look that good in the stats. We’ll see. Hopefully, Tex wont suffer a major injury that kills his career midstream, as Donnie did.

    6. February 20th, 2009 | 9:29 am

      More BB, less BAVG than Mattingly. Mattingly’s best years, in context of park and league, are slightly better than Teixiera’s…

      And I don’t think his defense, while rated highly, “makes you say WOW” as Mattingly was sometimes.
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      Well, yes. I agree with all of that. But he still has more in common with Mattingly than with Tino. Which is to say: Tino << Tex < Mattingly.

      But I expect that Tex will close that gap by, as you say, not suffering “a major injury that kills his career midstream, as Donnie did.”

    7. Evan3457
      February 20th, 2009 | 2:38 pm

      Something not-so-good about Teixiera:

      Lifetime vs. Boston:

      33-142, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 26 R, 19 RBI, 33 K, 23, BB, 4 GIDP, .232/.364/.373

      The last 3 years are marginally worse:

      13-58, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 K, 13 BB. .224/.329/.366

      Last year, he went 0-4 with a BB in his only game vs. the Red Sox.

    8. Raf
      February 20th, 2009 | 5:44 pm

      Unless he plays like that against the rest of the teams in the league, I wouldn’t sweat it too much.

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