Mark Teixeira Stats
When looking at Mark Teixeira’s statistics, the things that stick out is his durability and his glove. Although considered a slugger, Teixeira sets himself apart by playing nearly every day and being a black hole for grounders and throws in the dirt at first base.
- Gold standard with the glove. To date, Mark Teixeira has won the Gold Glove at first base four different times, twice with the Texas Rangers and twice again with the New York Yankees. He also led the league in fielding percentage in 2005 and in 2008. His number of putouts in 2005 to 2006 were also league-leading numbers; he is fourth among active players when it comes to range factor at first base.
- Transactions. Mark Teixeira currently is the highest paid first baseman in Major League Baseball after signing as a free agent in 2009 at $22,500,000 a year. This is not his only claim to fame when it comes to transactions. He was also the center of two of the most lop-sided trades in baseball history. When he was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Atlanta Braves in 2008, the Texas Rangers received Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Jerrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones. Only Beau Jones is not in the Major Leagues and he is considered a Rangers Prospect. Andrus and Harrison are integral parts of the Texas Rangers and Saltalamacchia is the starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox. While not considered a bust or a bad trade, rarely do so many prospects turn out to be winners like the one in this trade. He was also traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009 for Casey Kotchman and minor leaguer Steve Marek. Kotchman is currently playing for the Tampa Rays and Steve Marek is currently in AAA.
- Career numbers. Teixeira is a career .285 hitter with 281 homeruns. He is also a two-time All-Star and was runner up for the 2009 Most Valuable Player award. Mark Teixeira’s statistics in the post season are less than stellar. He has a career batting average of .214 with three home runs and 26 strikeouts.