Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. today to announce his retirement following the 2016 season. Teixeira, who signed an eight-year contract with New York before the 2009 season, was set to be a free agent after this year.
Teixeira’s career has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons. He played only 15 games in 2013 after suffering a wrist injury while preparing for the World Baseball Classic.
With less than half a season to play, Teixeira has 404 career home runs, 400 doubles and a lifetime .269 batting average. He won five Gold Gloves at first base, was named to three All-Star games and finished second in the AL MVP voting to Joe Mauer in 2009. That big first season in pinstripes helped lead the Yankees to a World Series title.
We will see how history views Teixeira. He probably won’t be as beloved in New York as Don Mattingly, who played all 14 years of his career in the Bronx, or Tino Martinez, who was a part of four World Series championship teams.
Teixeira probably isn’t bound for Cooperstown. A few more healthy seasons at the end of his career might have given him a shot at 500 home runs. But 400-something is pretty good. He probably won’t get his number retired in Monument Park either. But Teixeira was a big part of the 2009 World Series team and had a switch-hitting power bat and a tremendous glove at first base for a long time. He’s one of baseball’s Hall of Pretty Good players of this generation…and that deserves recognition because it’s pretty hard to do.