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Marlins release former MVP Miguel Tejada

Aug 2, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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The Marlins have released infielder Miguel Tejada, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports. Tejada signed a minor league contract with the club back in May, but was hampered by a shoulder injury.

In 14 plate appearances with Double-A Jacksonville, Tejada managed four singles and a double. The 40-year-old veteran says he plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic before deciding to continue playing professionally or retire.

Tejada emerged as one of the game’s best players in the early 2000’s, winning the AL MVP award with the Athletics in 2002. After leaving the A’s following the 2003 season, Tejada played for the Orioles, Astros, Padres, Giants, and Royals.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I like to rag on them a lot….but man, I don’t think we really appreciated what an awesome thing we had when Nomar, Jeter, A-Rod, Tejada and Vizquel were all manning SS positions in the AL.

    • chinahand11 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      I recall those days, and was thinking about them the other day, the AS games they were in. And a generation before, NL, you had Ozzie, Bowa, Conception, Dunston. Not great hitters, but they could all pick it, and Dunston had an absolute cannon of an arm.

  2. serbingood - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I wonder if Brain Cashman knows about this. Tejada is the right age and salary point to have one last lap in pinstripes. He would fit right in.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Cash would have to fight off Ruben though to get him…

  3. 1998yanks - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I wonder if serbingood knows these jokes about the Yankees getting older players have already been played out every which way there is so he is not the comedian genius he thinks he is? He should also know the Yankees have won 5 championships in the last 17yrs with all of these old guys.

    • serbingood - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      If we use a typical starting lineup for the 1998 Yankees; Knoblauch, Jeter, O’Neil, Williams, Martinez, Posada, Brosius, Strawberry, Curtis, the average age of that lineup would be 29.8. Substitute Girardi for Posada and the average age goes to 30.6.

      In 2014 a lineup with Gardner, Ellsbury, Ichiro, Teixeria, Drew, Jeter, Headley, McCann, Beltran the average age of that lineup is 33.5. Substitute Prado for Ichiro and the average age drops all the way down to 32.4.

      Either way, the 2014 Yankees are older than the 1998 Yanks. Ergo, age comments are not out of line and actually appropriate as the Yankees has been getting older for the past several years instead of younger.

      I also assume that the 5 world championships were won with a younger overall lineup.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Clearly a plaque in the Hall of the Very Good, and likely some votes for Cooperstown. But, will he need to buy a ticket or write a speech?

  5. csbanter - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Tejada was never legit yeah he won an MVP but so did Arod, Canseco,Caminetti,Giambi,Bonds,Sosa. Tainted.

    • dsaverno - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Yay! My non-faith in humanity pays off. I bet a friend that this post would generate less than ten responses before some degenerate would bring up PEDs. Thank you, my bitter commenter-general. You won me a six pack of Great Lakes Noseratu. It’s a taste only the bitter-beer-faced, holier-than-thou, sniveling-purity-in-baseball-when-it-suits-me crowd could complain about.

  6. DonRSD - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Tejada is an HGH abuser. Look at his numbers,
    Once he stopped/got caught using HGH, career went in a downward spiral swiftly.

    No HOF for Tejada.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      It’s not entirely fair to blame his decline on PEDs.

      Also around that same time they found out he was actually the same age as Julio Franco.

  7. watermelon1 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Soooo many former orioles being released!

  8. genericcommenter - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    When he was with the Orioles AAA team a couple years ago, he managed to go almost a whole season in the minors with 0 HRs and barely any XBH at all. Yet somehow, he turned that into another MLB deal at 39.

    It’s weird that he gets so many chances, especially when you have similarly ineffective “clean” late 30s guys who are involuntarily retired.

  9. corvetteman6 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Dear Miguel,

    Can you play third? Call me


    Neal Huntington

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