Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Beesball: More on Teixeira

The kudos continue to flow for the former Jacket 3rd baseball. This story focuses on his transition from 3rd to 1st and how is now one of the top defensive 1st baseball in MLB.

"He's putting on a clinic over at first base," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said earlier this week. "You see him over there and it's hard to believe he's only been playing over there for a couple of years. I think he's going to win a Gold Glove.

"Maybe this year."

Teixeira made the switch after playing third base in college. He was named national Player of the Year by Baseball America and The Sporting News in 2000 while at Georgia Tech, but the Rangers already had Hank Blalock at the position. Blalock was selected as the team's top minor league player the same year Teixeira was drafted.

"Basically, if I was going to play, it was going to be at first [base]," Teixeira said. "It was an easy transition for me, and an easy way to accept the possibility of playing first, because it was going to give me the chance to play every day."