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Miggy The Liar
2008-04-17 11:14
by Ken Arneson

It's too bad for the cable news networks that Miguel Tejada isn't running for President. They'd have a field day with this guy, tearing his character to shreds. First the steroid accusations from Rafael Palmeiro, then the Mitchell Report where Adam Piatt ratted him out as a steroid user, and now this: Tejada has been lying about his age for oh-so-many years. He's a full two years older than previously acknowledged.

I can't find it anywhere online, but I'm certain Miguel Tejada was asked about age-gate issues back when Luis Vizcaino got caught fudging his age in 2002, but I can't recall or find exactly what he said about it. Tejada was fortunate that year to be in the middle of a three-year visa when all the age-gate scandals broke, so he was apparently able to evade the issue with the press on a technicality.

He could have confessed then, when all the fuss was going on, but he didn't. And he expects us to elect him President? Shame on you, Miguel Tejada!

Interesting that the two main characters in Moneyball, Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta, each have had on their resume a much-criticized decision to let players go, who later were revealed to be quite tainted.

Beane has been criticized often for choosing Eric Chavez over Miguel Tejada. Sure, Chavez hasn't turned out great, but knowing what we know now, anybody would make that same choice.

Meanwhile, Paul DePodesta's legacy is tied to the trade that brought Brad Penny (and others) to the Dodgers for Paul LoDuca, Guillermo Mota, and Juan Encarnacion. LoDuca was revealed to be a big steroids consumer, as was Mota. Encarnacion was clean, but vastly overpaid. Great trade, or greatest trade?

Now take a look at the team Billy Beane had when he took over as GM of the A's in 1997. That team had Tejada, Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire, and Scott Spiezio. There's a group of guys with some deep moral convictions, eh?

Yeech. I rooted for this group of dingbats. I followed them. I bought their product, helped pay for their salaries. Does that lack of judgment, by association, disqualify me to be President? I think it might. Drat.


Mariners at Oakland, 7:05pm

2008-04-17 11:28:36
1.   Bob Timmermann
Ken, you sound like one of those bitter small town residents I've heard about.
2008-04-17 11:32:01
2.   Andrew Shimmin
He clings to baseball and linguistics because they're all that could comfort him when the mill closed.
2008-04-17 11:35:29
3.   Ken Arneson
Yeah, I'm bitter because I can't afford pockets deep enough to hold all the guns and crucifixes I have lying around me. Damn this clutter! If only I could get them to just magically cling to my clothing, I'd be much happier.
2008-04-17 11:38:43
4.   Philip Michaels
"Beane has been criticized often for choosing Eric Chavez over Miguel Tejada. Sure, Chavez hasn't turned out great, but knowing what we know now, anybody would make that same choice."

I usually find myself defending the Chavez-over-Tejada decision under the ol' the-process-of-reaching-the-decision-was-correct-even-if-the-results-turned-out-poorly rationale. That said, if I could build a WayBack Machine and use it to undo the Chavez-over-Tejada decision, I probably would, if only because Chavez's on-the-field performance has been so suboptimal.

2008-04-17 12:00:39
5.   jmoney
Is anybody really surprised about this? I, for one, also look forward to finding out Albert Pujols's real age once his decline begins.

And I might be in the minority here, but I always thought Beane should have kept Tejada, and that hasn't changed one bit. Say what you want about his off-the-field character (and it's not like he's killed anyone), but at least Miggy has been a good ballplayer for the life of his contract, and he always gave his damnedest out on the field (at least when he was with the A's). Can you say the same about Chavez?

2008-04-17 12:27:16
6.   Jason Wojciechowski
I remember this being a much-talked-about rumor out there in the message boards on the interwebs when it was announced that the A's wouldn't try to resign Tejada. I'm not very surprised that it's come to fruition.
2008-04-17 12:46:23
7.   Ken Arneson
Oh, I'm not surprised about the age thing at all. Like I said, there were suspicions about that in 2002.

I guess I'm more surprised by the total package of deception. Tejada seems like such a positive, likeable guy, it's almost Kirby Puckett-like in the dissonance these revelations cause in my head.

2008-04-17 13:03:57
8.   dianagramr

I still think there is a huge difference between Tejada and Puckett's transgressions.

(BTW, I hear that Jeter strangles kittens ...)

2008-04-17 13:57:01
9.   ToyCannon
Did all of Puckett's problems come about after the eye injury or did subsequent research find he had issues before the injury?

I'm just asking because it is easier to be the good guy when life is great. It ain't so easy when life throws you some curveballs that you didn't see coming.

Then you have guys like Jack Clark who were clearly jerks from the moment they cut the cord.

2008-04-17 17:00:29
10.   chuie
3 You need some o' them Kucinich pockets.
2008-04-17 17:26:59
11.   scareduck
Recommend you wear Velcro hook clothing, and attach Velcro loops to all your crosses and guns. Then you'll never lose them!
2008-04-17 19:44:01
12.   Philip Michaels
Nothing, but nothing, beats a telephone solicitation from my credit card company just as DiNardo loads the bases. If someone could run by and kick me in the shin, I'll have picked up the hat trick.
2008-04-17 19:55:11
13.   Philip Michaels
Remember how last week the A's rode some strong pitching to the best record in the American League?

This is the exact opposite of that.

2008-04-18 01:40:26
14.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Does this make signing Eric Chavez instead of Tejada sound better though? i'm not sure ....
2008-04-18 09:20:52
15.   Todd S
5 Wait...I thought there were some concerns about Tejada's effort last year in Baltimore. Not that I can completely blame someone playing for that franchise for wondering if upper management was giving its all...

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