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Miguel Tejada joins 300-homer club

Sep 23, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

Miguel Tejada took Ted Lilly deep Wednesday night to become the 129th player in major league history to reach 300 homers.
It was Tejada’s eighth homer in 194 at-bats since the Padres picked him up prior to the trade deadline. He hit just seven in 401 at-bats for the Orioles over the first four months of the season.
Tejada ranks third all-time for homers as a shortstop with 289. Only Cal Ripken (345) and Alex Rodriguez (344) have hit more. Ernie Banks is fourth at 277.
Tejada is also third on the all-time list for homers by a player who spent the bulk of his career as a shortstop. A-Rod, of course, tops that one, with 608 homers to date, but he’ll probably finish his career with more games at third than at short. If that’s the case, only Ripken, with 431 homers, would have more than Tejada. Robin Yount is fourth at 251, followed by Jose Valentin (249), Vern Stephens (247), Derek Jeter (234) and Nomar Garciaparra (229).
Those will be interesting facts in building a Cooperstown case for Tejada someday. He’s never really seemed like a Hall of Famer, but by the time he’s eligible, he’ll rank second or third all-time for homers by a shortstop and somewhere between fifth and seventh in RBI (depending on how one wants to rank A-Rod and whether Jeter passes him). He also won an MVP award, and he amassed a very impressive consecutive games streak (he played in 162 games in six straight seasons). I don’t think he belongs, but there’s an argument to be made.

  1. Nsblend - Sep 23, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    I can make the 300 HR club with Juice too

  2. Steve C - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    I hear the Welch’s strawberry banana provides the most extra pop.

  3. andrewlw - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I think if the Jim Edmonds case has taught us anything is that players whom we don’t really think belong as hall of famers could and perhaps should be. I’m not sure if this applies to Tejada with the juicing but he did have a very nice peak.

  4. BC - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    No way dude. V8 all the way. It’s the kale that gives you the extra pop.

  5. Steve C - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I did here some rumblings through MLB offices about them investigating the performance enhancing effects of certain vegetables and whether they should be put on the banned substances list.

  6. BC - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    From wikipedia:
    Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered to be anti-inflammatory.
    Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium.
    Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling reduces the level of the anti-cancer compounds, however, steaming, microwaving, and stir frying does not result in significant loss. Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.Kale is also a good source of carotenoids.
    See? It’s the KALE.

  7. APBA Guy - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Those of us who revere the A’s of yesteryear will never forget the real Miggy: energetic, super competitive, MVP during the 21 game consecutive winning streak. Getting 300 HR’s for a SS is pretty cool, especially one who is how old? Now that he has enlarged his midsection to near Carlos Lee proportions he is barely recognizable as Miggy. But the competitive fire is still there. It’s fun to see him contributing to a winner again.

  8. Steve C - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Don’t be shocked if they start testing for zeaxanthin levels in ball players.

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