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Miguel Tejada Does Not Want to Bunt: Why Don’t You Have a Pitcher Do It?

Miguel Tejada is having an extremely tough time with the concept of getting old.  When you were once among the top players in baseball and are now dealing with questions about your range, that can happen.  Tejada is not the player he once was, and the only person who cannot seem to accept that is Miguel Tejada.

When the Giants were trailing the Astros by a run in the 11th inning Monday night, Tejada was called off the bench as a pinch hitter.  With a runner on first and no outs, acting manager Ron Wotus (Bruce Bochy had been ejected) asked him to bunt and move the runner into scoring position.  This did not please Tejada.

“I shook my head. I was thinking I was sent up to hit,” Tejada told the San Francisco Chronicle after the game. “After that, I did my job. I put the bunt down. I’m not the only guy who was surprised yesterday to see the bunt sign.

“I just work here,” Tejada said. “Whatever the manager tells me to do, I gotta do. I respect the manager and the team and my teammates. He tells me to do it, I’ll do it. If that’s the way I’m going to help the team, I’ll do it.”

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Miguel Tejada Upset with Reporters for Saying He Doesn’t Have Range

Miguel Tejada is upset with reporters for writing that he has no range, perhaps thinking the criticism prompted the Giants to acquire another shortstop at the trade deadline. Tejada is currently on the disabled list with an abdominal issue, so the team acquired Orlando Cabrera from the Indians. Speaking on Sunday prior to the Giants’ game against the Reds, Tejada went off.

“People forget I’ve done too much in this game. All the things you guys put in the papers, that I don’t have range in this game, I’ll prove it. I never pay attention to what reporters put about me. The only thing I do is hard work. … All the reporters in San Francisco forget who I am.”

No Miguel, I’m pretty sure they know who you are. I think the issue is you don’t know what you’ve become. If you were so great as a shortstop, Baltimore wouldn’t have moved you to the hot corner. The Giants wouldn’t have played you there half the season if you were a fantastic shortstop. Instead, the Giants who have Tejada and Freddy Sanchez on the DL, have now acquired Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera to aid their middle infield.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure they could have gotten whatever production those two will give them from people in the minor leagues. But hey, if Brian Sabrean wants to be in the business of giving prospects away, who am I to stop him?

ESPN Right to Attack Tejada’s Age

By now you must have seen the ESPN E:60 interview with Miguel Tejada — or lack thereof. If you haven’t, welcome back to the States, hopefully you didn’t lose your passport during your travels. Anyway, for about a week now ESPN has been promoting it’s E:60 segment with Miguel Tejada where they break out a document proving Tejada had been lying about his age. Tejada promptly ends the interview and storms off, acting incredulous that they weren’t there to ask him strictly about his .370 batting average. Initially I felt badly for Tejada; he looked so helpless and innocent, you had to feel poorly for him. I know some other people felt the same way. But once I got past that, and making jokes about Julio Franco revealing his true age, I’m actually pleased that ESPN handled the interview and its promotion the way they did.

Think about this for a second here: Miguel Tejada is not the victim. The teams that paid him his salaries and signed him long-term are the ones who were duped. They’re the ones who should be complaining. Tejada obviously proved he could play at a high level, but he never should have lied to do it. Matter of fact, most players who lie about their age know exactly why they’re doing it — being younger makes them more of a prospect which in turn results in higher bonuses and more money. By calling out Tejada and humiliating him in the interview, not to mention replaying the clip over-and-over each day, they were sending a message to other players that they could too be exposed the way Miguel was. Maybe some players/representatives will think twice before they falsify information, take a spot away from another kid, and steal money from organizations.

You can watch the video after the jump if you haven’t seen it.

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Julio Franco Reveals Age, Was Really 54

Most of you probably have heard by now that Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada revealed he is really 33-years-old and not 31, as he had professed to be throughout his entire Major League career. He initially lied to the A’s when they signed him as a kid out of the Dominican Republic because his youth would make him more appealing as a prospect. Well in light of this revelation, a chain reaction has started amongst other Dominican-born players. Many of the ones currently playing are afraid to speak because they have not yet achieved the security of a lucrative free agent contract, something Tejada did four years ago. But the retired players have begun to cave to the pressures and admit the truth. Julio Franco, a 23-year MLB veteran who finally retired this year after playing until age 47 last season, decided to speak:

After seeing fellow countryman Miguel Tejada come clean about his age, I have decided that it was only fair to reveal the truth about myself. All those years that I was playing, I was really older than I said. Those people who told me I looked like a 50-year-old last season were right — I was 54. I never wanted to let anyone know because I felt it would jeopardize my status as a free agent. I knew I could still play, but I didn’t think teams would sign me if they knew my real age.

Rumblings out of New York late Thursday night indicated Orlando Hernandez was contemplating revealing the truth about his age. Though his birthday according to MLB documents suggest he is currently 39-years-old, there is widespread suspicion that the Cuban-born pitcher is actually 43. And according to a report from the Spanish newspaper La Verdad, a childhood teammate of Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero claims the slugger is really 35. When asked for his response, Guerrero’s interpretor said Vlad had no comment. Additionally, Mariners third-baseman Adrian Beltre, already financially secure with a $65 million contract, has scheduled a news conference for late Friday. He is expected to reveal that he too is two years older than the date indicated on his MLB profile.

Of course none of this really did happen, but I know you were probably buying it. Heck, most of it is probably true!

Miguel Tejada Is Not Cal Ripken Jr.

It got overlooked on Thursday what extreme measures Miguel Tejada took to keep his consecutive games streak going. He bunted in one at-bat and then left the game. Completely bush league if you ask me. Check out my post at FanHouse to read about it.

While you’re over there, check out this story on a Padre fan making it rain. And here’s some other reading material to keep you busy:

Loser With Socks did a follow-up piece to my rankings of the Bengals arrests. Now, they have ranked the Florida Gators arrests, and my, is it a fantastic list!

I told you Wednesday about Johan Santana making Bert Blyleven go bald, now SPORTSbyBROOKS has the video of it.

Yesterday I told you about the bear that Lions coach Rod Marinelli wrestled. Today, 100% Injury Rate has done some research and come to find out that the bear is actually pretty famous.

Wasting Company Time has lots of pics of Posh to keep you occupied.

(photo courtesy AP/Lenny Ignelzi)