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Miguel Tejada was also linked to Biogenesis

Aug 19, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

Miguel Tejada AP AP

Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was handed a 105-game suspension from MLB over the weekend following multiple positive tests for amphetamine use, but Pedro Gomez of ESPN.com reports that the former American League MVP was also implicated in the recent Biogenesis investigation. In fact, it appears MLB leveraged his link to Biogenesis to get him to drop an appeal on his 105-game suspension.

Major League Baseball had the choice of going after the 2002 American League MVP for the Biogenesis case, as the league did 13 other players earlier this month, or for the amphetamine case. MLB chose to suspend Tejada after he tested positive for a third time in his career for amphetamines.

Tejada, according to a source familiar with the case, was given the choice of either accepting the 105-game suspension for amphetamine use or facing additional punishment for his Biogenesis connection. Tejada was allegedly a customer of Tony Bosch’s shuttered clinic, which is at the heart of baseball’s recent rash of suspensions. Bosch supplied evidence that Tejada had been a Biogenesis customer.

Tejada has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs dating back to the Mitchell Report and plead guilty to misleading Congress back in 2009. He admitted to purchasing human growth hormone (HGH) in the past, but claimed that he threw the drugs away before injecting them. It’s not clear what he may have purchased from Biogenesis, but any denials are going to ring pretty hollow at this point.

The Royals recently moved Tejada to the 60-day disabled list following a calf strain, so his season was essentially over anyway, but the suspension will also knock him out of commission for the first 64 games in 2014. The 39-year-old has insisted that he doesn’t plan to retire, but there’s a real chance that we have seen the last of him in the majors.

  1. weaselpuppy - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Good riddance. Syringe induced freak. he looked so top heavy playing SS a few years ago I thought he’d fall over if he bent over. Cheater.

    • rje49 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      He purchased the drugs “but threw them away before injecting”. Yeah, right. Does he know how ridiculous that sounds? But then, I tried beer once but didn’t swallow it.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        OTOH plenty of girls I know say they’ll take one but won’t swallow.

  2. braddavery - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Another player caught lying. He JUST came out and said it was only adderall for ADHD. lol What a loser.

  3. jjschiller - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    There goes A-Rod, leaking info to the media again…

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      I had a similar thought: how is MLB going to blame the leak on A-Rod this time?

  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    if he agreed to a deal in order to keep his dignity, and then was shamed anyways, you really have to wonder where these leaks are coming from. its a raw deal for tejada if MLB essentially wiped out any chance at a comeback by going south on the deal.

  5. blingslade - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Looks like Bud saved the best for last and is going to continue his scorched earth policy on any player that even thinks the letters PED’S!!

  6. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    So who’s next Vlad Guerrero?

  7. kardshark1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    So he’s been caught cheating multiple times for multiple years… He also was found to be a fraud as he altered his birth certificate making him two years younger than he actually was. And yet he’ll be allowed to play again next year?

    I don’t understand how this is better than what Pete Rose did. Yes, if Pete Rose fixed games, that’s one thing, but Rose is banned for betting on baseball – not for fixing games. MLB would rather have a pathological cheater and fraud in their sport than a man with a gambling problem. Wow. MLB’s logic never ceases to amaze me.

  8. ch0psuey - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    GTFO Tejada……

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