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Despite saying in January that he wanted to play for five more seasons, it looks like the switch-hitting first baseman they call Tex, Mark Teixeira, will be hanging up the cleats after this season.
He’s only batting .198 this season with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs, and he has struggled to play routinely, playing in only 77 games out of the 108 games that the Yankees have played this year. It just seems like age has caught up to him, and the injuries he’s suffered over the years, especially the broken shin that led him miss the end of the 2015 season, have forced his hand.
Mark Teixeira will leave the MLB being a 3-time All-Star, a 3-time Silver Slugger, and a 5-time Gold Glove winner at first base.
The Yankees will most likely replace Teixeira with either Greg Bird, who missed this season with shoulder surgery, or, with the Yankees’ deep pockets, a free agent.