Orioles Bring Back Tejada – Which Means Andy MacPhail Finally Deviates From “The Plan” …..

January 23, 2010 |

When Andy MacPhail departs from his stewardship of the Baltimore Orioles, he’ll be remembered for an array of different decisions impacting a team he inherited as a doormat, in the AL-East.

MacPhail’s tenure has not been marred by irresponsible decision making. Such inferences would be unfair and quite honestly, uninformed. In fact, he’ll be regarded for pulling the trigger on perhaps, one of the most instrumental trades in Orioles history …..
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Along with Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio, Andy MacPhail swindled Adam Jones from the coveted clench of the Seattle Mariners. The bait? Erik Bedard. We rivaled in the O’s snookery – they finally ended up on the good side of a deal.

As we know, Bedard flopped, primarily because he’s not a WINNER and his makeup is fragile, from both a physical and emotional standpoint. He’s not tough – unless he’s chastising reporters and media-types.

The deal was quite lopsided and it certainly stood as a primary pin in whomever held Bill Bavasi’s voo-doo doll. Seattle’s General Manager was fired following the very public revelation that Adam Jones, Sherrill and Tillman for Bedard amounted to a late night stickup at your local 7-11 store.

For those who really KNOW and LOVE baseball, this guy was being hailed as a possible savior, as soon as the ink dried on the deal’s documents …..
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And, remember, just a couple months prior to the Bedard deal, Andy MacPhail pulled off another trade ….. sending Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros for Troy Pattan, Luke Scott and Matt Albers.
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On Wednesday, December 12th, 2007, the Orioles and Astros made the deal official.

Less than 24 HOURS LATER, Miguel Tejada’s career and life changed forever …..
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In interviews regarding the trade, MacPhail adamantly advised that Tejada’s prominence in an unflattering and divulging drug investigation had nothing to do with the deal.

Uhh, okay.

From a perspective of analyzing the fairness of the trade, I don’t think supporters, media or fans on either side of the transaction found it lopsided or ill-advised.

Tejada, while still a presence in the Orioles lineup, was coming off a season with “Un-Tejada-like” offensive production. And, he was beginning to exhibit a lesser SCULPTED look, in comparison to prior seasons …..
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Personally, I welcomed the deal. Miguel Tejada was fast becoming a predictably sullen player. He would commonly enter spring training full of enthusiasm and readying for another fresh beginning, in Birdland. And, that enthusiasm would leak from Tejada’s ego in the same way helium escapes a falling balloon.

By August, Tejada would crash. Optimism became indifference, and the eventual bad attitude surfaced for everyone to see.

I’ve never bought Andy MacPhail’s explanation of the deal – more than two years ago. He reasoned, “(it)was a function of trying to add as many talented young players as I could get for a very talented player.”

Really? I guess it’s just coincidental that Tejada was beginning to regress from a power perspective. His 18 homers, in 2007, was the lowest mark of his career, since his first full Major League season – more than a decade ago.

Ahh, but don’t despair …..

Miguel Tejada’s power suffered further outage, at Minute Maid Park, in Houston. That’s right, he hit 13 and 14 homeruns, successively, in his two seasons playing for the Astros – in one of baseball’s featured HOMERUN DERBY HAVENS.
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And, there is also this little problem with LYING to Congress. Yeah, you remember that, right? In 2005, while he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Miguel Tejada was untruthful with Congress, regarding performance enhancing drugs.

He was UNTRUTHFUL about his involvement with illegal drugs – when he was playing baseball in this city.

Heck, I’ll be honest about my blunt feelings …..

When the perjury revelation broke, last year, I was singing the praises of Andy MacPhail, yet, again. “No wonder he dumped the guy.” “Good for Andy – Good for the Orioles – Good for Baltimore.” That’s what I was thinking and saying.

In my mind I was processing MacPhails strategies to truly rebuilding the Orioles franchise and name. I sensed he wanted rid of “bad character” guys and the types of people who cheapen and tarnish an organization.

Don’t get me wrong, the problems and problem makers extend beyond Miguel Tejada …..
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The Baltimore Orioles have enough attachment to the recent history of Major League Baseball’s drug problems. Some would say the Orioles are prominently represented among the seedier franchises.

What’s the penalty for betraying a town and its fans’ beloved colors of orange and black ??? Miguel Tejada did things the wrong way when he was here. And, evidence exists to suggest he influenced other teammates.

That’s fantastic to hear, huh? On top of the eroding skills at the plate and the substantially diminished fielding range – which I haven’t even addressed – indeed, the potential for a far more substantial risk of bringing Miguel Tejada back to Baltimore is staring squarely at every Orioles loyalist.

He’s gonna be in the same clubhouse with this guy …..
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And, this guy – remember him ???
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Oh yeah, and THESE GUYS …..
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Does anyone see the real risk associated with affiliating Miguel Tejada and this Orioles team as ONE ??? He lied to LAWMAKERS and he’s done very little to offer up any contrition with the people of Baltimore, and the team it represents. Or has he?

Maybe Andy MacPhail and Miguel Tejada have reached some accord or peaceful ground. Of course, they have. But, where does that leave us?

A couple years ago, Andy MacPhail pulled a couple slick heists. And, the Orioles were better for it. THE PLAN looked promising. But, now, we stand here two years down the road and the team’s growth seems kinda thwarted.

No more slick trades – or eventual tangible signings. Oh, they’ve made some lackluster deals …..
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But, the players who came here really had one other option …. NOWHERE.

Get a good look at the ball Mark Hendrickson is holding in the above photo. That’s probably the same view opposing hitters see. Throw in Adam Eaton, Chad Moeller, Rich Hill, Ty Wiggington and a few others and you’ll get a good idea of the quality of players Andy MacPhail signs.

I’m finding it very hard to continue buying THE PLAN, when we keep getting served SCRAPS.

Maybe, I was wrong. Maybe, the Orioles will still be DOORMATS when Andy calls it a day. And, Miguel Tejada just puts him one step closer to making it a reality.

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