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Was Miguel Tejada tipping pitches back in 2001?

Aug 30, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

This morning’s New York Times article starts out as if this was something everyone knew about, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it:

What first raised suspicion among the 2001 A’s was an early May series in Toronto. Tejada and Blue Jays third baseman Tony Batista,
friends from the Dominican Republic, each put up terrific numbers. In
the three-game series, Batista went 6 for 13 with a home run and 5 runs
batted in, and Tejada was 4 for 10 with 9 R.B.I., including a home run in each game.

More significant in the eyes of some of the players was an incident in
the second game of the series. Tejada did not get to an easy ground
ball Batista hit off reliever Mark Guthrie with the Athletics leading,
8-2. When the inning was over, A’s players fumed on the bench.

Tejada, now 35, said his teammates were skeptical because Batista dropped a foul pop-up he hit in the previous game.

“I would never do that,” Tejada said. “I want to win. If my brother was on the other team, I would never help him.”

These incidents, and others, led to a supremely contentious closed-door meeting in the A’s clubhouse, and some of the guys from that team tell the tale.  Contrast this to the anonymous accusations against A-Rod this past spring, and you have some great reading.

  1. Bobhopesbrother - Aug 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    MLB is a joke. It has a 75 year old commissioner who claimed when he testified to Congress, excuse me, lied to Congress, telling them he had no idea that MLB had a steroid problem. Was he locked in a closet for 5 years? He’s a joke and so is the league. Few teams this year have ERAs undwer 4 runs per game PEDs are still being used. Look at the size of many of these guys, they belong in football locker rooms and would fit right in. Blood test them!

  2. Mike - Aug 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Tejada says he’s innocent and I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt. The man is no liar. Er…well…he was charged with lying to Congress about PED usage in baseball. But, otherwise, the man is no…actually, Tejada (or should I say, Tejeda) did also lie to MLB about his age. Other than THAT, though, the man is no liar. So we should…you know…give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe. Anybody?

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