36 Facts About Mark Teixeira

1. Mark Teixeira was drafted in 2001 by the Texas Rangers, and made his MLB debut for them in 2003.

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2. Mark Teixeira replaced legendary slugger and potential Hall of Famer Rafael Palmeiro at first base so the powerful Rangers lineup never missed a step adding the power hitting Teixeira.

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3. Mark Teixeira signed his biggest contract by December 2008, an 8-year $180 million deal with the Yankees which came with a signing bonus of $5 million.

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4. Mark Teixeira accepted and went on to enjoy the most successful season of his career winning the 2009 World Series.

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5. Mark Teixeira had just one season at the Braves and then a brief stint with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before the New York Yankees came calling with a big offer in 2009.

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6. Mark Teixeira had a well decorated professional baseball career in the MLB.

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7. Mark Teixeira enjoys Broadway theatre and identifies Les Miserables as his favorite production.

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8. Mark Teixeira came up with the idea as a way to help the Yankees' new free agent signings to the team.

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9. Mark Teixeira made his Broadway debut in a one-night cameo in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages on January 29, 2013.

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10. Mark Teixeira supported Marco Rubio in his campaign for President in 2016.

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11. Mark Teixeira received a cortisone shot to treat the wrist and missed two games.

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12. On May 31, 2014, Mark Teixeira aggravated his wrist that was surgically repaired the previous year.

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13. Mark Teixeira was again placed on the 15-day DL due to the inflammation on June 18, 2013.

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14. Mark Teixeira returned on May 31, 2013, against the Red Sox going 0−3 with a walk and scoring a run.

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15. Mark Teixeira began the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 14.

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16. Mark Teixeira named the Yankees' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award.

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17. Mark Teixeira won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding first baseman in MLB.

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18. Mark Teixeira would eventually return for the season finale against the Red Sox.

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19. On March 1, 2012, Mark Teixeira hired Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to be his agent.

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20. Mark Teixeira continued his postseason struggles in 2011 as he batted only.

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21. On June 30, 2011, Mark Teixeira hit his 300th career home run off Randy Wolf of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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22. Mark Teixeira received a World Series ring as the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, but struggled offensively throughout the postseason, batting only.

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23. Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees over a number of other clubs, including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.

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24. In December 2008, Mark Teixeira agreed preliminarily to a deal with the New York Yankees worth $180 million over 8 years, and he was formally introduced as a Yankee on January 6, 2009.

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25. Mark Teixeira declared for free agency at the end of the season.

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26. On July 29, 2008, Mark Teixeira was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek.

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27. Mark Teixeira was activated for that night's game against the Houston Astros and arrived in the dugout during the seventh inning.

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28. Mark Teixeira landed awkwardly at first base after running out a grounder in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers the previous day.

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29. Mark Teixeira was named to his first All-Star Game after winning the fan voting portion of the selection to be named the starting first baseman for his league.

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30. Mark Teixeira was then moved up to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, with whom he batted.

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31. Mark Teixeira began the 2002 season in the Florida State League, where he batted.

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32. In 2001, Mark Teixeira re-entered the draft and was selected by the Texas Rangers with the fifth overall pick.

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33. Mark Teixeira was originally chosen in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox.

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34. Mark Teixeira retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season and contract with the Yankees.

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35. Mark Teixeira was the fifth switch hitter in MLB history to reach 400 home runs.

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36. Mark Teixeira was a three-time All-Star, won five Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards, and holds the all-time major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 14.

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