Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals

Age: 47 (May 25, 1974) | 5' 9" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right Minors: 3b-4
SD NL 2010 156 636 71 171 30 67 26 0 15 71 2 0 .269 .312 .381 4 10 .280 n/a 16 16
SF NL 2011 91 322 28 77 12 35 16 0 4 26 4 4 .239 .270 .326 3 10 .254 55/13/31 4 4
BAL AAA 2012 36 135 10 35 11 16 5 0 0 18 1 0 .259 .329 .296 7 11 .294 n/a
KC AL 2013 53 156 15 45 6 25 5 0 3 20 1 0 .288 .317 .378 4 16 .326 50/21/30 5 5
MIA AA 2014 4 14 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .357 .357 .429 0 14 .417 n/a
Career 16yrs 2171 8434 1230 2407 553 1079 468 23 307 1302 85 38 .285 .336 .456 6 12 .295 n/a
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We now have the revelation that Tejada is two years older than listed. It means his breakout year came at 26 rather than a precocious 24. It means he won the MVP at a peakish 28 rather than a precocious 26. It means that if the Mitchell report is right he started taking drugs after he knew his body wasn't going to keep up with his history.

We don't know that's the case, but it is notable how significant a two-year shift in the timeline is.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Apr 18 '08
We do have the problem with players like Tejada of guessing what effect the HGH/steroids or whatever these players were taking (or not taking) had. If memory serves, the year that The Mitchell Report said Tejada started taking the stuff was the year after one of his best seasons ever. Maybe Tejada got the placebos.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
It's not that I don't think Miggy could decline. I just think that he was fueled by emotion, happy emotion in the past, and that could give him a second wind. He's part of a pretty good offensive team, he's got a new start and he's in a right-handed hitter's heaven. I think all his numbers will significantly improve, at least until he gets a couple of months of Oswalt and the Others. And even then, I think he'll have plenty of fun with Berkman, El Caballo, Pence, etc. around him after Gibbons, Millar, Payton and Mora. If the bid is in the low 20's, I think he'll be a profitable investment.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Agree with wrangler. We had him last year and he was a bust -- a dispirited player who's suddenly realized the downside of his Faustian bargain.

Of course, he was also playing for the Orioles, maybe the worst team in the AL. Certainly the least fun to watch.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Feb 23 '08
This will be his last year, fork time.
john saleen jrwrangler
Feb 23 '08
Talk about not having much fun at spring training...

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Tejada said he's been advised by attorneys not to comment on the Mitchell Report or an FBI investigation looking into his alleged link to steroids.

"I can't really talk about that situation," Tejada said Tuesday morning upon arriving at Houston Astros training camp. "Right now, I just want to talk about baseball, because that's really my focus."

... The report included checks Tejada wrote to Piatt to allegedly pay for steroids. The report said Tejada refused to meet with Mitchell's investigators.

Asked if he could answer the allegations in the report, Tejada said, "No, I can't. Not at all."

... The FBI has launched an inquiry and Tejada could get jail time if found guilty.

"I can't really talk about that. It's not my position to talk about that," Tejada said. "Right now, my mind is really focused on just playing baseball."

Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, would not say if he had been contacted by the FBI.

"I'm not worried about anything," Tejada said. "Right now, I just want to get my uniform, just go out there and work hard."

... Tejada arrived at camp at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the day all position players were due to report. He left the complex within five minutes to go take a physical at another location.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Speaking of steadily declining SA, according to the Mitchell report, Tejada began taking "performance-enhancing substances" in 2003. Makes 2002 a line worth showing.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 17 '07