From 2008-2009, the Houston Astros had an All-Star filling the shortstop position in Miguel Tejada. The 47-year-old collected 2407 hits in his 16-year career, while picking up six trips to the All-Star Game and an American League Most Valuable Player in 2002.
After the 2007 season, the Astros sent a haul to the Baltimore Orioles for the top shortstop on the trade block. The ball club dealt Matt Albers, Mike Costanzo, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Luke Scott for a shortstop that had been in MVP votes consistently years before, while he was granted free agency two years later.
Tejada, of course, was involved with steroids, which is something that has tainted his decorative career. The two-time Silver Slugger received MVP votes in eight of his 16 major-league seasons.
Other than the offensive numbers to his name, Tejada was durable. The right-hander played six-straight seasons without missing a single game, leading Major League Baseball five of those seasons. This is unheard of in the current game.
The Dominican-born ball player made the Hall of Fame Ballot in 2019, receiving 1.2 percent of votes. This was under the five percent threshold, as he has been left off since then.
Former Houston Astros’ shortstop Miguel Tejada is in legal trouble in the Dominican Republic.
Tejada is now in the news for a different storyline. Hector Gomez of Z101 reports that Tejada is in legal trouble in the Dominican Republic for issuing bad checks and has a warrant out for his arrest.
The shortstop totaled more than $96 million in his career, according to Baseball-Reference, and is now in legal trouble. Gomez has not reported any more information on Tejada’s legal status, since his tweet on Saturday morning.