Miggy "feels like a new man'

Miguel Tejada, famous for always being the last one, walked into the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday morning before second baseman Brian Roberts.

“He was here, believe it or not” Roberts joked.

The glove is bigger — officially a third baseman’s mitt — and his number is a foreign No. 9, but Tejada was all smiles about the changes when he officially rejoined the Orioles in Sarasota on Monday morning.

“I don’t feel like I’m on a new team,” he said. “It’s only been two years since I left here and most of those guys are still here.”

Wearing the Orioles warmup jacket over his uniform, Tejada cracked jokes during stretch and took ground balls at third base with Ty Wiggington. Tejada has said in the past the most difficult part of the transition from short to third will be fielding the bunt. That’s something he plans on concentrating on when he gets in what will be daily extra work with infield coach, Juan Samuel.

“I think that’s the hardest play for any third baseman in baseball, going forward for the ball with your bare hand,” he said. “But I’m going to have a month and a half here at Spring Training to make mistakes before we get to the season.”

Tejada said his past off the field issues are behind him and his mind is clear of any distractions.

“I’m a new man and I’m happy and I thank God for the opportunity to play baseball,” he said.

1 Comment

I believe Tejada will help the team in several ways. He can still hit albeit with less power than before. He will also bring enthusiasm and a desire to win to a team that could use a little more of both.

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