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What Mark Teixeira’s Production Means To The New York Yankees

Bill Kostroun, AP
Bill Kostroun, AP

The New York Yankees have been on a rollercoaster ride all year long, but one integral piece has been virtually absent throughout.

When the New York Yankees got out to their red-hot start one year ago, it was Mark Teixeira and his new gluten-free diet leading the way. A renaissance year sparked instant production out of the middle of the lineup and he proved to be a true MVP.

Why? Simply because his presence provides strength in more than one facet of the game.

By going down in the middle of August, he robbed himself of a 40 HR, 110 RBI year and ultimately deteriorated the Yankees’ chances of winning the AL East.

Not only was he putting up incredible numbers and seemingly driving in runs on a nightly basis, but he provided protection to others in the lineup and featured his typical gold glove caliber defensive play.

Throughout injuries and an unexpected lifelessness at the dish, the Yanks have received nowhere near what they truly need out of Teixeira. Perhaps their current marriage to the .500 mark has something to do with his general absence.

A return to form will mean all of five vital factors coming into play for the team and the organization. Let’s take a look, shall we?