Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mark Teixeira Appreciation Thread

I was reading an article the other day that called C.C. Sabathia the Yankees MVP for the innings he has produced. I thought about that for a while and I had a tough time coming up with someone else who was a better candidate forthe title of Yankees MVP. Its kind of surprising it took so long for me to think of Mark Teixiera. The biggest signing of all of this past offseason moves to New York and ends up almost unnoticed. Since the start of the season we have only used the Mark Teixeira tag four times since spring training began. As a point of comparison, Melky's tag has been used six times since the start of spring training.

So, I want to take this moment to appreciate the Yankees MVP, Mark Teixeira. He's given us gold glove level defense and silver slugger worthy offense. He doesn't have Alex Rodriguez's flair for the dramatic but last night really was a great example of the type of player he is. He made a great play on defense that could have saved an extra base hit and almost started a rally to win the game in the 9th. A quietly excellent producer who everybody kind of forgot about after his April struggles. Worth every penny, at least so far.