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Mark Teixeira, who told reporters the other day that he plans to be “buried in pinstripes” does not want to start the season slowly, as he has done for the past two years. According to a piece by Ben Shpigel in the Times:

“To me,” the hitting coach Kevin Long said, “it’s taken him too long in the past to get going.”

…According to Long, Teixeira told him, “I’ve probably taken for granted my hitting is always going to be there.”

“I told K-Long, give me some tough love if you need to,” Teixeira said.

It says here that Teixeira will have a good start this time around. Fearless prediction, I know, but hoop, there it is.

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Categories:  Bronx Banter  Spring Training  Yankees

Tags:  Kevin Long  Mark Teixeira

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1 Sliced Bread   ~  Feb 20, 2011 12:58 pm

well, if Tex doesn't get off to a good start we can always blame it on the third baseman. ba-da-bum.
I don't mind if Tex starts slow, as usual - as long as he consistently plays good defense, and ends the season with his usual averages, and totals, (and doesn't get hurt !) he'll be fine with me. Once he gets cooking, he can carry the team. The Yanks will need a few hot bats in April, but Tex doesn't have to be the man that particular month.

off-topic, I like that they're calling Montero, Monty.

2 RIYank   ~  Feb 20, 2011 4:25 pm

Oh, sure, Sliced, blame the Left.

3 RIYank   ~  Feb 20, 2011 7:20 pm

And here's the story on Long's work with Jeter (from Chad Jennings). Awesome article.

4 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 20, 2011 7:20 pm

I'm not sure this team can withstand a slow start from Teixeira

5 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 20, 2011 9:02 pm

4) Sure they can. I'm not saying they'll win it all this year, but they can withstand a lot. Dude, you would have been a wreck in '78, lol.

6 RIYank   ~  Feb 20, 2011 9:09 pm

The team isn't really very different from last year. I know Pettitte is a real loss, he is. So they need someone to perform better than last year to compensate. Could be AJ, could be Jetes, could be Hughes. Lotta could-be guys.

7 RIYank   ~  Feb 20, 2011 9:10 pm

And damn, the All Star game sucks. The pregame was unwatchable, I had to turn it off.

8 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Feb 20, 2011 11:41 pm

[1] I agree, Sliced, but the trouble is, last year he never got cooking.

9 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Feb 20, 2011 11:42 pm

[6] And what do we think of Joba as a could-be guy? Or have we given up on him?

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