As I read Gu3's blog again and again about how he is glad Miguel Tejada is gone and how he hates him...it makes me angry. One fan hating Tejada would not bother me but reading the comments of people agreeing with him bothers me. What exactly did Tejada do for us? Okay he used steroids but so did Roberts but somehow we can forgive him for that but not Miggy. Miggy was a decent fielder but we got him for his bat. And did he produce? That answer is simply Yes! Tejada played four years for Baltimore and in his four years put 34 hrs first year then 26, 24, 18. In the RBI catogory put up 150 then 98, 100, 81. The his average 311, 304, 330, 296. Thats pretty darn good. Yes, his last year was his worst but it was shortened due to an injury. Where are we complaining about that? He didnt hit enough homeruns? is that it? He was never a great power hitter but just forced into that position because the Orioles had no power hitter.
This is why we are going to miss him this year. Nick Markakis had Tejada behind him so pitchers pitched to Nick but with Tejada gone who wants to pitch to Nick? All pitchers will pitch around Nick Markakis because there is no protection in the line-up. We have Kevin Millar he batted 254 last year with 17 homeruns. Tejada did better than that with his worst year. Well we have Aubrey Huff 280 with 15 homers is okay buuuttt still not as good as Tejada. Ramon Hernadez 258 with 9 homers! You know where I am going. Until someone steps up why pitch to Markakis. My prediction is that Nick's numbers will go down signifacantly unless someone can step up.
And to end this I have to say this.... I agree with the move to get rid of Tejada only to rebuild but I think Miggy was a good player for us and do not agree with the criticisim!
Opening Day Monday!