Mark Teixeira

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2022 Hall of Fame Profile: Mark Teixeira

Baseball history is littered with players who began their careers on a Hall of Fame path before injuries or underperformance caught up with them. Former Atlanta Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira’s career didn’t really fizzle out, but injuries prevented him from reaching the high standard that he set for himself early on in his career. Teixeira played for four teams across a 14-year playing career. He will likely fall short of reaching the Hall of Fame, but still gave MLB and opposing pitchers quite a ride in most of those seasons.
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Mark Teixeira, Joe Nathan Deserve Longer HOF Look

So, during this span, Nathan ranked first among the top relievers in saves, WHIP, win probability added and strikeout percentage; second in WAR (behind Rivera), ERA and ERA+ (behind Papelbon, who pitched one fewer season); and third in innings pitched (behind Rivera and Rodríguez). Nathan is also unlikely to...