Miguel Tejada’s best years are behind him, and now his career may be over.
The former American League MVP and current Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada has been suspended 105 games after testing positive for amphetamine, MLB announced on Saturday.
It is the third time that Tejada has tested positive for the performance-enhancer, and it is also the third-longest non-lifetime suspension to be levied against a player in history. This comes on the heels of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez being suspended 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
Tejada has plenty of Bay Area roots, spending the early part of his career with the Oakland Athletics, where he blossomed into a superstar. He won the MVP in 2002 when he hit .308 with 34 home runs and 131 RBI for a team that won 103 games. You may remember his three-run walk-off home run in September of that season, giving the A’s their 18th straight victory en route to an impressive 20 wins in a row.
The 14-year veteran has made six All-Star appearances, and played for the San Francisco Giants in 2011, where he struggled, hitting just .239 in 91 games.
However, the Royals game him a shot this season after he didn’t play in the major at all in 2012. Tejada has made the most of his opportunity with a .288 batting average in 53 games.
Tejada has accumulated over 2,400 hits and 300 home runs in his career. However, at 39 years of age, this suspension may be the final straw in a lengthy career.