The Hammer video Mark Teixeira’s UZR rating in 2009 is -2.8 and his UZR per 150 defensive games is -4.3. In 2008, Tex was one of the better defensive first baseman in baseball, however, his excellent defense seems to have been an extreme aberration as his UZR this season indicates that he is a below average defender at 1B (in range runs and double play runs
—he’s above average in error runs).
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A Little Princess film In 2007, Mark Teixeira had an UZR of -3.5. He was actually 15th on the leaderboard at his position (under Carlos Delgado). In 2006, Teixeira’s UZR was -1.8 and he was 12th on the leaderboard (Ryan Howard beat him with a 0.2). In 2005, Tex’s UZR was -2.5 and he was 11th on the list. Hmmm, I’m not the biggest UZR user but it appears as though Tex’s defense may be overrated a bit.