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Mark Teixeira and the Slump That No One’s Really Bothered By

We're not sure which is more bizarre: That a player as good as Mark Teixeira can consistently have such terrible starts to his season — he's currently hitting .097 with zero home runs — or that his slow starts are so widely accepted as the norm. Sure, he'll hear the odd jeer until he starts to hit, but it's unlikely to reach any level of hysteria (see: Ortiz, David), assuming his slump doesn't last until, like, June. It's really quite the life Teixeira has: Assuming his slow start lasts a month, he gets to be bad at his job for one-sixth of the season, and he more or less gets a pass. Not to mention all six-sixths of his salary.

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