David Ortiz announced in the offseason that this would be his final season in Major League Baseball, now, Mark Teixeira has announced this will be his last season as well.
Teixeira,36, has been in the league for 14 season. At the beginning of this season he had expressed his desire to play at least five more season.
Injuries from his neck and his knee has plagued what is now to be his last season. He is hitting .198 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs in 77 games this season.
Over his career, he has played for the Atlanta Braves, LA Angels, Texas Rangers along with the Yankees. The Rangers took him fifth overall in the amateur draft of 2001. He has posted 404 home runs, 1,281 RBIs, a batting average of .296, five Gold Gloves, and three trips to the All-Star game.
From 2004-2011, he had at least 30 home runs and at least 100 RBIs each season. But, since 2011, he hasn’t played in more than 123 games per season. He is also one of five switch-hitters in MLB history to hit at least 400 home runs.
Today while doing his press conference, Teixeira stated he wanted to retire a Yankee.
“I just realized my body can’t do it anymore,” Teixeira said. “If I’m going to grind through seasons not being healthy, I’d rather be home with my kids.
As of now, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said he is going to play him as much as he can for the rest of the season.
Congratulations on an amazing MLB career Teix!!