Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Miggy Returns to Baltimore

There has been a lot of discussion online about return of Miguel Tejada as the Houston Astros come into town Tuesday-Thursday at the Yard. Anyhow, he was signed to a monster deal in 2004 to a piece of the puzzle to vault the Orioles back into contention.

He had a career season in '04, driving in 150 runs and slamming 34 homers; however, in the years after, he was very productive, but did not come close to his numbers the first year in an Oriole uniform.

Let's fast forward to 2008 -- he's now two years older than originally thought; he's gotten slower, and has been ensnared into the whole Mitchell Report mess.

All that above is the least of his problems.

He could be indicted for apparently lying to the Feds about his involvement in the Rafael Palmeiro affair, as well as his alleged drug use.

When he was with the Orioles, he was the offense force, but yet also perhaps was a detriment to the team through his constant trade demands, whining, also earned the ire of fans based on his play at shortstop -- which had started to decline in his tenure with the Orioles.

There have been a few articles in the Sun (here, here) and also Roch has opined about it, but what do you all think?


Mac G said...
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Mac G said...

I was disappointed that fans booed Miggy. He was a fresh of joy into this organization and for the most part, he did his part and the offense was pretty good.

The pitching was god awful during his O's tenure and how many leads did the bullpen blow in 05-06? Like 50?

His power slipped, he seemed disinterested in fielding sometimes, and the losing ate at him but I will always love Miggy. He earned his contract.

The biggest mistake he made was probably signing with this organization and not some other team.

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