Miguel Tejada is a 6 time All-Star, a 2 time Silver Slugger, an All-Star Game MVP, an American League MVP, and is 36 years old. What he has left in the tank, no one really knows but him. As an elite player and a fierce competitor, he probably has enough left to be a productive shortstop, both at the plate and with his glove.
As of right now, Miguel Tejada has been signed to a one year, $6.5 million dollar contract to replace the departed Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe. What Edgar did in the World Series was magical, but its about trying to get back first.
What Juan Uribe did for the San Francisco Giants during his tenure her was phenomenal. His stats weren't necessarily off the charts. His batting average was usually pretty mediocre, his home runs good, and his RBIs substantial. He struck out a lot, made many a fan and coach cringe at the pitches he swung at, and always took that yukadoo hack that made him who he was offensively. However, not a single player had more clutch homeruns and RBIs (maybe Molina, but he left) then Juan Uribe.
He quickly became a fan favorite. Chants of UUUUUUUUUUribe would echo throughout AT&T Park every time he came up. He made fans largely forget how much money they largely wasted on Edgar Renteria, although it was all worth it when he hit the Game 5 Homerun.
In the postseason, Juan was pretty much awful. His batting average was a miserable .196, and he never recorded more than 3 hits in any one series. He only hit two homeruns, and he struck out a dismal 14 times in 49 at-bats.
However, the homerun he hit in Game 6 of the NLCS to win it and put the Giants through to the World Series, the only one he had hit all year to right field, made us love him again. Not to mention, he hit the walkoff sacrifice fly in Game 4 to put the Giants up 3-1, and then went on the drive in 5 runs in the World Series.There was no way not to love this guy.
And then he left. He took the contract that the, cringe, Los Angeles Dodgers gave him, one that many report the Giants were willing to give him. *Sniff*. Alas, anyone who ventures to the Giants will not garner my love, until he retires of course.
So, enter Miguel Tejada, the longtime Bay Area hero with the Oakland A's. And the former Padre who almost sneaked out the three game sweep at the end to crush all hopes. No matter, he is a Giant now.
It is yet to be seen, however, if Miguel Tejada can not only reproduce Uribe's production, which is more than possible. He will also have to fill the void in the hearts of the fans, however cheesy that sounds. He has got some big shoes to fill, best of luck to him, let's hope he pulls through with flying colors.