Mark Teixeira's "no-fun" diet has become the talk of Spring Training. Fans and media alike have been talking non-stop about it, which includes no dairy, no sugar and no gluten.
Teixeira hopes that the diet will help him avoid inflammation and, thus, keep him on the field in 2015. He also hopes it will help bring him back to what he hasn't been since 2011: A 30HR, 100RBI man.
He didn't say that he hopes the diet will help him handle the shift better.
When asked what his thoughts are on the shift, Teixeira said he could conquer it by "hit[ting] more home runs, hit[ting] more doubles and walk[ing] more. We've talked about it ad nauseum. Every time I try to slap the ball the other way, it doesn't go well for anybody. That's what the other team wants.
"They want to take a middle-of-the-order power hitter and turn him into a slap hitter. So if I can hit more home runs, more doubles, walk more, that takes care of the shift. I don't want to ground out to second base. That's not what I'm trying to do up there."
In other words, he's going to remain the lazy, stubborn, selfish player that he is. I highly doubt that continuing to pull the ball will result in anything more than what we saw last year. Forget 30HR and 100RBI. He'll just be demonstrating the definition of insanity, which is doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same terrible results. If it isn't already there, his picture should be in the dictionary next to the word.
The really sad thing about this is that Teixeira wants to take more of a leadership role in the clubhouse this season. Well, that will be just lovely. So, if Rob Refsnyder comes up and strikes out a ton, he can point to Teixeira to explain why he keeps taking the same approach at the plate.
Hopefully new hitting coach Jeff Pentland can convince Mark Teixeira to at least think about going the other way. However, I'm definitely not holding my breath for it.