Teixeira wasn't always great defensively

Slugger was a 3B before reaching majors, but has made himself into a Gold Glove 1B

Originally Published: April 27, 2010
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

Learning or perfecting a position is not an easy task, even when it is only one spot over from where you have played your entire life. When I came into the locker room of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on June 8, 1996, I wasn't surprised to learn I was leading off (OK, that's normal.), but I scratched my head when I saw I was playing left field (OK, what's going on?).

As a professional, I had not logged any innings at that position; center field was my home. Still, it was the outfield. It ...

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