Miguel Tejada's 105-Game Suspension Could Be Career Ending

By Karl Buscheck
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Reports are coming in that Miguel Tejada has been handed a 105-game ban by MLB.The 2002 AL MVP tested positive for adderall twice within a month, and his suspension will be the third longest non-lifetime penalty in league history.

Tejada has been on the DL since last Saturday as he is currently shelved with a strained right calf. The 39-year-old infielder is hitting .288 with three home runs in 53 games, and had won the starting job at second base with the Kansas City Royals.

The six-time All-Star will sit out the final 41 games of the season, and is likely to retire rather than miss the first  64 games of 2014. Tejada ended up with a 105-game (only Alex Rodriguez: 211 games and Steve Howe : 119 days) because he has now failed three tests for amphetamines. The second failed test earned him 25 games, and the third an additional 80.

If the native of Bani, Dominican Republic does, in fact, retire he would finish his career with 2,407 hits, .285 average,  307 home runs in 2,171 games during 16 seasons.

One of his best seasons came in 2004 when Tejada drove in 150 runs for the Baltimore Orioles. On five occasions during his career, Tejada played all 162 games in the season.

The only other player to be handed a 80-game amphetamine ban was Neifi Perez, who also tested positive for amphetamines twice within a month.

A fourth positive test would see Tejada, who began his career for the Oakland Athletics as a 23-year-old in 1997, banned for life.

Karl Buscheck is and Oakland Athletics writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KarlBuscheck and add him to your network on Google.

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