Teixeira to announce retirement

Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement at the end of the season. The Yankee first baseman has had a tough year. Injuries have limited him to 77 games, 10 home runs and 27 runs batted in with a .198 batting average in 268 at bats.

Signed by general manager Brian Cashman before 2009, Teixeira has had a very good career as a Yankee. Four times, he’s gone over 30 homers including slugging 31 last year in 111 games. Part of the Yanks’ 27th world championship in ’09, he led the team in home runs (39) and RBI’s (122) in his first season in Pinstripes. He finished second in MVP losing out to Joe Mauer.

Though the Yankees never reached another World Series, the signings of Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, Johnny Damon and A.J. Burnett resulted in a world championship. Cashman also traded for Nick Swisher, who also had a great season slugging 29 homers. Sabathia won 19 games and Burnett won 13.Andy Pettite won 14. Phil Hughes helped set up Mariano Rivera in a strong bullpen featuring the return of Joba Chamberlain and future closer David Robertson.

The last great Yankee team included Core Four members Pettite, Derek Jeter (.334-18-66), Jorge Posada and Rivera. It also featured Alex Rodriguez, who had his one big postseason slugging three home runs against the Angels to lead the Yanks to the pennant. He also hit two versus the Twins in the ALDS and one against the defending champion Phillies, who the Yankees beat in six. Hideki Matsui won the World Series MVP hitting .615 with three homers and eight RBI’s.

It also included future perennial second base All-Star Robinson Cano. A second baseman who could go down as one of the best in major league history.

Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner were also part of a deep Yankee bench that also included Francisco Cervelli. Three former players who all came through the farm system starting in Staten Island.

The 36-year old Teixeira will hold a press conference at 3 PM. He’ll announce he’ll retire following the season.  In eight seasons spent in the Bronx after starting his career in Texas, then Atlanta and the Angels, Teixeira has totaled 201 home runs and 605 RBI’s.

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Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.

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