It hasn’t been a good month for PED users in MLB.
While Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension still has most baseball fans speechless, another former MVP was nailed with a triple-digit ban over the weekend. This time, it’s Miguel Tejada getting slammed with a 105-game suspension due to his involvement in the ever-so popular Biogenesis clinic. Tejada claims he used Performance Enhancing Drugs solely to combat his Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but considering the 39-year old shortstop didn’t appeal his ban…I’m not buying his sob story.
Now, you can call Tejada every name in the book for “cheating the game” and making close to $95 million in the process, but let’s not dwell on the negative and focus on the incredible 16-year career that the original “Miggy” had.
Most fans will remember the shortstop for his time on the Oakland Athletics‘ roster due to the seven years he spent with the club and uncanny numbers he posted. In fact, Tejada led the A’s to the playoffs four out of the seven years he was in Oakland and was a big reason why Billy Beane‘s “Moneyball” approach seemed to work so profoundly.
Also, Tejada is the last Athletics player to win an MVP Award as he etched a career-high 34 home runs, finished the season with a .308 batting average and drove in a whooping 131 runs in 2002.
I suppose the hatred toward Tejada can be justified, but taking a look at his fantastic career it’s hard to knock “La Gua Gua” and his incredibly impressive statistics.