• On The Mark?

    Posted by on May 10th, 2016 · Comments (28)

    Mark Teixeira has 3 homeruns in his first 30 games for the Yankees this season.

    My 12-year old son has 3 homeruns in his first 8 games of his Little League season this year.

    Tex has 123 PA in his first 30 games. My son has 30 PA in his first 8 games.

    I’m just saying…

    Comments on On The Mark?

    1. jerryran
      May 10th, 2016 | 1:17 pm

      you
      are
      dumb.

    2. May 10th, 2016 | 1:19 pm

      Not to make Tex feel worse, BUT…

      My son is also batting .520 with a .600 OBA and a 1.040 SLG%. In those 8 games, he’s scored 16 and driven in another 16 runs.

      However, I doubt that Mark is crying all the way to the bank with this news.

    3. Evan3457
      May 10th, 2016 | 1:59 pm

      Maybe he’ll turn it around and maybe he won’t.
      He usually struggles early in the season before he gets going. He was hitting .205 on May 5th last year, albeit with 5 doubles, 10 HR and 22 RBI.
      On the other hand, he is 36.

    4. May 10th, 2016 | 2:37 pm

      Over his last 1,156 PA, Tex is batting .226

      You can’t hit HRs when you don’t get hits.

    5. Evan3457
      May 10th, 2016 | 2:45 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Over his last 1,156 PA, Tex is batting .226
      You can’t hit HRs when you don’t get hits.

      Dave Kingman disagrees. So does Chris Carter. And Adam Dunn.
      And from that May 5 date late year, until the game he got hurt, Tex’ triple slash line was .274/.371/.542 over 299 AB and 348 PA. Not a large sample size, but not a small one, either.

    6. May 10th, 2016 | 3:22 pm

      You think the Kingman and Carter type players are valuable? Dunn, granted, he walked a lot.

    7. The Sandman
      May 10th, 2016 | 4:40 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I wonder what Mark was batting when he was 12? Just saying…

    8. May 10th, 2016 | 10:45 pm

      Sadly, Mark is not 12 anymore. He’s closer to 40 than 30, actually.

    9. LMJ229
      May 10th, 2016 | 11:24 pm

      I can’t believe you are comparing Mark Texiera’s stats to your 12-year old son’s as if they were somehow related. That’s just nuts. However, if you put those numbers out there just to brag on your son, then good for you, those are some pretty impressive numbers.

    10. Evan3457
      May 10th, 2016 | 11:25 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      You think the Kingman and Carter type players are valuable? Dunn, granted, he walked a lot.

      If they hit .230-.240, yes. If they hit .190-.210, no. Kingman was actually over .260 in 3 1/2 seasons. He made 2 All-Star teams and got some MVP votes in 5 different seasons. Carter had 1.2 bWAR in a half-season in 2012 when he hit .239, and 2 bWAR in 2014 when he hit .227. That’s enough value to start.

    11. LMJ229
      May 11th, 2016 | 6:39 am

      Texiera will come around. And let’s not discount his defensive skills.

    12. May 11th, 2016 | 11:18 am

      OK, I am not saying that my kid, or any 12 year old, could replace Tex. That’s just STUPID.

      My point, more so, was that Tex’s bat has disappeared. Anyone who doesn’t see that is just STUPID.

      Also, let’s not forget that fact that he is BRITTLE. The last time he played more than 124 games in a season was 2011. Yes, that was FIVE YEARS AGO.

      The last 5 years, this guy has been a bust and stealing the Yankees money. Why anyone thinks he’s going to be a big help this year is beyond me.

    13. Evan3457
      May 11th, 2016 | 11:29 am

      Actually, he was worth what they paid him and slightly more last year at 3.8 bWAR. Fangraphs says his marginal value last year was $23.2 million, and he was paid $22.5 million despite missing the last 45 games or so. The offense didn’t really go down last year until he did.

    14. Evan3457
      May 11th, 2016 | 11:31 am

      And fWAR had him lower with 2.9, as opposed to the 3.8 above. If fWAR were calculated the same as bWAR, he would’ve been plus about $9 million rather than plus $700,000.

    15. May 11th, 2016 | 1:19 pm

      There’s no way a guy should get $20 million a year, as a position player, when you cannot count on him to play in 140+ games each year.

    16. LMJ229
      May 11th, 2016 | 1:35 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      There’s no way a guy should get $20 million a year, as a position player, when you cannot count on him to play in 140+ games each year.

      You mean like Ellsbury?

    17. KPOcala
      May 11th, 2016 | 1:46 pm

      With Tex sitting out last night with neck spasms, I wonder. I’m no neurologist, but my neck starting really going south in my mid-thirties. Now, two plus decades later, I have one decent disk in my neck, and a few in my back. When the neck goes, you can’t keep the head still, the swing goes, life is unpleasant. Gotta wonder if they are hiding his condition (which they legally Have to do, anyway). If this is the case, (and it would explain the slow but steady deterioration of his play)bad news…..

    18. May 11th, 2016 | 1:59 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      You mean like Ellsbury?

      For sure. Why someone would rag on Ellsbury and not Tex is beyond me. Same deal.

    19. Evan3457
      May 11th, 2016 | 3:43 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      There’s no way a guy should get $20 million a year, as a position player, when you cannot count on him to play in 140+ games each year.

      Unfortunately, when you a sign a guy who’s 28, who does this every year before you sign him:
      1) You have to expect injuries as he ages
      2) You don’t get to change the terms of the deal as he ages if he doesn’t play 140 games. And no free agent is going to sign under other terms.

    20. Evan3457
      May 11th, 2016 | 3:44 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      With Tex sitting out last night with neck spasms, I wonder. I’m no neurologist, but my neck starting really going south in my mid-thirties. Now, two plus decades later, I have one decent disk in my neck, and a few in my back. When the neck goes, you can’t keep the head still, the swing goes, life is unpleasant. Gotta wonder if they are hiding his condition (which they legally Have to do, anyway). If this is the case, (and it would explain the slow but steady deterioration of his play)bad news…..

      Last year was Tex’ best year in about 5 years. If you mean he’s deteriorating this year, that’s another story.

    21. KPOcala
      May 11th, 2016 | 7:41 pm

      @ Evan3457:Don’t forget, Tex only played in 111 games. And they managed to keep him going. The neck doesn’t have to just “GO” in one season; again, Tex started to slide offensively awfully young. This year, maybe it’s the “tipping point”. Man, I hope not. Classy player who I’d like to see have a lonnng career………..

    22. KPOcala
      May 11th, 2016 | 7:42 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      PS, I read that the Yankees are planning on “having another look” at his neck tomorrow. MRI tube, bet on it…

    23. #15
      May 11th, 2016 | 8:16 pm

      After watching Ackley take a few whiffs at 1st base, I’m jonesing for Tex’s glove.

      His injury last year was a fluke, but the neck spasm goes on his “brittle” list.

      He needs to fight through it and get back out there…. Chances are he’ll take his time.

    24. KPOcala
      May 12th, 2016 | 12:16 am

      @ #15:
      Funny how sabermetrics don’t value a first baseman’s glove. But, when you get used to a good/great one, “I” sure as hell notice when an “Ackley” comes along. I’ll always believe that mid-career Jeter’s metrics were really hosed by having to throw STRIKES to Giambi, as did pitcher’s ERA…. Notice how that D. Ortiz was kept off the field whenever possible. If it was so easy then he should have taken the job. Which makes his career overrated (not to mention his terrible base-running (judgement/lack of “interest”). No WAY should he waltz into the HOF.

    25. LMJ229
      May 12th, 2016 | 1:16 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      He shouldn’t go into the HOF on the steroid charges alone. The other (very legitimate) issues you mentioned just add to that.

    26. LMJ229
      May 12th, 2016 | 1:18 pm

      That Bird injury doubly sucks now. I guess if Tex is out for any length of time Swisher will take his place.

    27. KPOcala
      May 12th, 2016 | 1:25 pm

      @ LMJ229:
      Absolutely. I can’t understand this love-fest from ESPN for Ortiz. Uh, actually I do. Sickening.

      At least we get someone young and athletic like Ackley into the line-up, right?

    28. Evan3457
      May 12th, 2016 | 2:10 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      That Bird injury doubly sucks now. I guess if Tex is out for any length of time Swisher will take his place.

      Don’t look now, but after a good start in Scranton, Swisher’s mired in a fairly serious slump (6 for 39, 1 EBH, 14 K and 0 BB; that’s the tipoff, he’s not even drawing walks against AAA pitchers anymore). And his mobiiity, anywhere, probably isn’t very good anymore.

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