Yankees’ Mark Teixeira Will Retire After This Season

Teixeira, 36, who is in the final year of an eight-year, $180 million contract, said when he reported to spring training this year that he wanted to play another five years, hopefully with the Yankees.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira announced his retirement, effective at the end of this season, at a news conference Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Teixeira, 36, who is in the final year of an eight-year, $180 million contract, said when he reported to spring training this year that he wanted to play another five years, hopefully with the Yankees.

But he was troubled by more injuries this year and a precipitous drop in production. His decline and a similar fall from Alex Rodriguez have been key factors in the Yankees’ disappointing season.

Teixeira is batting .198 with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in, and endured his longest homerless drought earlier in the season. He has done so while playing through injuries to his neck and left knee — the latter will almost certainly require surgery at some point, he said.

He sat out Thursday’s game against the Mets after being hit by a pitch in the shin on Wednesday.

That game was a rare high point for Teixeira.

First baseman Mark Teixeira, whose contract expires after the season, is hitting .198 with 10 home runs and 27 R.B.I. Credit Rich Schultz/Getty Images

He hit a three-run homer — his first in more than a year while batting right-handed — and then found himself in the middle of some testy moments. Teixeira reacted angrily after being hit by Steven Matz on the next pitch he saw after hitting his home run. Later in the game, as Teixeira stood on second base, Mets reliever Hansel Robles accused him of trying to steal signs or pitch locations.

Afterward, Teixeira seemed to relish being in the middle of it all.

“We’re grinding, we’re trying to win every single night, but at the same time you’ve got to have fun,” Teixeira said Wednesday. “It’s a long season. Tonight was one of those nights where everyone was having a good time.”

Nights like Wednesday’s were why the Yankees signed him as part of a $423.5 million free-agent binge before the 2009 season.

The investment paid off immediately, as Teixeira and C. C. Sabathia helped carry the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title. Teixeira led the American League with 39 home runs and 122 runs batted in, won the first of three Gold Gloves with the Yankees, and finished second in the league Most Valuable Player Award balloting.

But in recent years, Teixeira has been an example of the dangers of lengthy contracts that carry through a player’s late 30s and beyond. Beginning in 2012, Teixeira has not played more than 123 games and has been on the disabled list with knee, wrist, hamstring, calf, latissimus and shin injuries.

He had a resurgent season in 2015, hitting 31 home runs and driving in 79 runs, helping lead the Yankees into first place in mid-August. But he fouled a ball off his shin on Aug. 17, and barely played again after the injury was found to be a fracture weeks later.

Teixeira, supremely confident in his abilities, dismissed the injury as a fluke, and maintained that he would regain the form he displayed over the first four months of the season. In looking back, though, that injury may have marked the beginning of the end.

Teixeira stood on first after being hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Steven Matz on Wednesday night. Teixeira had hit a three-run home run in his previous at-bat. Credit Rich Schultz/Getty Images 


Source: nytimes.com

Yankees’ Mark Teixeira Baseball Retirement