Many forget Teixeira's time in Anaheim, but it was the best stretch of his career. Hitting .358/.449/.632 (1.081 OPS), he raked harder than he ever did when he was traded to the Angels in the 2008 season. He also never reached that level again.
One of the best defensive first basemen in baseball throughout his career, he also provided elite defense for the Halos. And he was about as dominant as possible in the postseason for Anaheim, hitting .467/.550/.467 (1.017 OPS) with four runs and four RBIs in our four-game ALDS against the Red Sox that year.
Teixeira played so well that he earned a massive payday the following offseason from the New York Yankees. He had a great career there as well, being a major factor in their World Series-winning run in his first year there, being an All-Star twice, and finishing his MLB career with over 400 home runs. Putting up a final career stat line of .268/.360/.509 (.869 OPS) and a 126 OPS+, Teixeira is a player all baseball fans remember watching.
Former LA Angels' first baseman Mark Teixeira totally belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Mark Teixeira smoked 13 home runs, 43 RBIs, and scored 39 runs for the LA Angels in just 54 games. He wasn't just a slugger for the Angels, however, as he also averaged 36 home runs, 35 doubles, and 113 RBIs over the course of his entire 14-year career.
If he gets in, he won't be going in as an Angel, of course. He played eight years in pinstripes, and will wear a Yankee hat in Cooperstown. Winning five Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and being selected to three All-Star teams, he has an impressive resume.
Will it be enough to make the Hall of Fame? I guess we won't know until we get there.
What we do know, however, is that Angel fans were lucky to be able to watch a player as impressive as Teixeira scrap for our team, even if it may have been short-lived. No other teams' fans got as good of a Teixeira as we did.