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Orioles release Miguel Tejada from Triple-A at his request

Jun 25, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles have released Miguel Tejada from their Triple-A team at the former MVP’s request.

Tejada had been playing third base for Norfolk since mid-May, but hit just .259 with zero homers and a .296 slugging percentage in 36 games. Over the weekend Norfolk also released Jamie Moyer.

Considering he’s 38 years old and was terrible in 91 games for the Giants last season this seems like the end of the line for Tejada, who won the MVP in 2002 and made six All-Star teams while ranking as one of the best-hitting shortstops of all time.

If he’s indeed done, Tejada finishes as a career .285 hitter with 304 homers and a .793 OPS in 2,118 games and 15 seasons. Among all players in baseball history to log at least two-thirds of their games as a shortstop Tejada ranks 20th in Wins Above Replacement and trails only Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr., and Barry Larkin during the past 25 years.

  1. watermelon1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    It’s sad to see the end of Tejada. He was one of the fan favorites, and one of very few bright spots during some of the darkest seasons in the history of the Orioles.

    Really thought he’d finally get to enjoy some team success when they brought him back this year. Thought for sure he’d be an improvement over Reynolds both offensively and defensively. I guess Miggy just really is too old.

    I’ll never forget him and Melvin Mora doing their thing. Tejada and Roberts when they were both younger… turning those double plays and making the highlight reels. They were doing the across-the-field high fives long before the Texas Ranger dubbed it the “claw” along with their “antlers” shindig.

    • madhatternalice - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      No no, if he had retired three years ago, THEN it would have been sad to see him retire.

      Now, he’s just sad. I hope he finally lets go of the game.

  2. 50milessouthofdetroit - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    i was at the game in toledo last night. tejada went 2 for 5, but was also the ice cream for a strikeout player of the game. and yes, he did strikeout once. sad end to a good if not great career

  3. urfinished - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Gee I wonder if this guy used roids in his hey-day.

  4. godcanfirealdavis - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHYzZbWL0tU This guy should get no credit… can you say “ROIDS”>>>>

  5. tubbman27 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Nothing worse than seeing all these former greats relegating themselves to Triple A. You’d think they’d have more pride than that? Shame.

    • jwbiii - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      It’s the only life they know. It must hurt like hell to see it slip away.

  6. Marty - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    So glad the giants upgraded at short. Dodged one there.

  7. hardjudge - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    38 years old, I wonder how old he really is?

    • godcanfirealdavis - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      42

  8. elchief157 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    He won the MVP with steroids

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