Count me as one of the supporters of the Baltimore Orioles’ decision to bring Miguel Tejada back into the fold for the 2010 season. While I do think the O’s missed out on better options at both third and first base in the offseason, the decision to sign Tejada to a one year, $6 million contract, is a good thing.
First and foremost is he is a solid right handed bat for the middle of the lineup. I’m thinking his 30 homer, 120 rbi seasons are behind him, but he should be a .300 hitter, and the respect his bat garners should, by itself, provide protection for an already potent middle of the lineup featuring Markakis, Jones, Wieters, and hopefully Atkins.
Second, is his ability to lead. Look, the rudderless ship that this franchise was during Miggi’s first go around beat him down to the point to where a divorce was necessary, for both sides. His own off the field issues and his participation in the whole steroid debacle hung a dark cloud over his Baltimore tenure, but the Orioles failed to live up to their promise to build a winner around him when he signed that $72 million contract. But this time, I believe, things are different. I’ve been very critical of the team over the course of my blogs, but I have given them credit for trying to put together a solid foundation, on the field. The way they do business and treat the fans and city is still deplorable, but the potential talent that will be around Tejada, should in the short run, be enough to coax some of the ol’ Miggi out. At least I hope.
Third, and to me, the most important, is how Tejada could energize a fan base, at least in the beginning, that has been given little to get excited about for the 2010 season. Let’s face it, this club will probably lose 85-90 games….again. And finish last in the AL East…again. But I’m personally excited to see what Tejada will look like running down the orange carpet on Opening Day, and what kind of response the announcement of his name in the lineup will generate from the fans. I’m also intrigued to see how smoothly he makes the transition to third base. Will it be seamless like Cal’s, or will it take a month or two for him to get his bearings?
In the end, for me anyway, adding Tejada was a good move. A move made necessary by their lack of moves before hand, but a good one none the less. And look at it this way, at least it gave us a little Oriole talk during the winter, when generally, there is none.
Go Saints, beat that God forsaken Horseshoe!