This season will be Mount Saint Joseph graduate Mark Teixeira's last as a professional baseball player, according to reports.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the New York Yankees' Teixeira, 36, will announce his retirement from baseball Friday. The Yankees have called a news conference for 3 p.m. but have not given a reason.
Three years after Teixeira graduated from Mount Saint Joseph, the Texas Rangers selected him out of Georgia Tech with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2001 MLB Draft. Teixeira debuted on April 1, 2003 — for then-Rangers manager Buck Showalter — and played almost five seasons.
He was a key piece in deadline trades in 2007 and 2008, first going from Texas to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. When he became a free agent after the 2008 season, Orioles fans hoped the Severna Park native would sign with his hometown team, but he instead inked an eight-year deal with the Yankees worth $180 million. According to reports from 2009, he was initially an Orioles fan until he started rooting for the Yankees because of his favorite player, Don Mattingly.
Teixeira opened his first season with the Yankees to boos from Orioles fans at Camden Yards. But his contract with the Yankees paid immediate dividends to both sides, with Teixeira hitting 39 home runs and earning the Gold Glove Award and the Yankees winning the World Series, Teixeira's first. A career .269 hitter, Teixeira has hit 404 home runs, won five Gold Gloves and made three All-Star teams.
For eight straight years starting in 2004, Teixeira hit at least 30 home runs. Eight times, he drove in at least 100 runs. But his consistency faded toward the end of his career as he missed most of 2013 with a wrist injury and then hit .216 the next season. He enjoyed a bounce-back season last year, slugging 31 homers and making the All-Star team again. In 268 at-bats this year, he's hitting .198 with 10 homers.