Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Best Seasons: Mark Teixeira - 2005.

Number 33 in T.R. Sullivan's list of the Top 50 Seasons in Rangers history is Mark Teixeira's 2005 effort.

Teixeira, shown here on card 94 of the 2006 Upper Deck Artifacts set, was already a star as he began his third season in the Majors. He would continue to excite Ranger fans.

Mark played in all 162 games and went to the plate 730 times. Both remain career highs. He compiled a .301 batting average and a .379 on-base percentage. He walked 72 times. He also hit 41 doubles, three triples, and 43 home runs. It remains the only time in his career he has reached 40 home runs in a season. The 144 RBI he knocked in also remain a career best.

On defense Teixeira continued to build his reputation as an above average gloveman. His .998 fielding percentage was 18 points higher than the league average for first basemen. He committed just three errors all season.

Mark Teixeira had a monster season in 2005 by any standard. The sportswriters and fans noticed. He was elected to the All-Star game, won a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, and received MVP consideration. Hard to top a season like that.

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