Stats.285 BA 2362 H 304 HR 1282 RBI
Team(s)Athletics Orioles, Astros, Padres, Giants
Accomplishments: 6x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger, 1x MVP
Tejada was a five tool player. He had speed, defense, power, hit for average and had a rocket for an arm. He was at the fore front of the new wave of Latin stars when he was with Oakland and was the best shortstop in the game for a good stretch. Everything seemed legit until Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco and Jason Grimsley threw him under the bus—in that order. According to Palmeiro, he failed a drug test because of a tainted B-12 shot Tejada gave him. In his book, Canseco mentioned Miguel's name as a guy he thought took steroids because they allegedly had a convo about it and Jose noticed Tejada looked stronger the next year. While under investigation for the Palmeiro incident, Tejada denied any involvement and said he never took steroids and didn't know of any players that did. Shit hit the fan in 2007 once his name came up in the Mitchell Report with receipts of purchased PEDs and all. The feds charged him with perjury in 2009, but went light on him due to this tearful admission while a member of the Houston Astros.