Mattingly: Teixeira will do fine
Don Mattingly, who still resides on the wall of Mark Teixeira’s boyhood room slugging a pitch into the Yankee Stadium outfield, checks in with the New York Post:
“Teixeira’s a great player, there’s no question about that and I appreciate the way he plays and I think the Yankee fans are going to enjoy him,” Donnie Baseball said. “I had lunch with him a few years back, so I knew he was a fan. He seemed like a really good kid.”
There’s a neat graphic accompanying Kevin Kernan’s story in the Post. From 1984-1989, Mattingly had hit .327 with 160 home runs and 684 RBIs. From 2003-2008, Teixeira hit .290 with 203 home runs and 676 RBIs. They’re not exact mirror images but you can certainly make a comparison between the two.
“His swing is a little different than mine in that he is more of an upper-cutter, more of a power swing than I had him,” Mattingly said. “But when you look at guys and you hope that you shaped the way they play and I see some of that when I look at him.”
The Yankees are getting a good one, but you already knew that.