MMO Links: Tejada Has Some Big Shoes To Fill

An article by posted on February 23, 2012

On Tuesday, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation posted who he feels are the four players that have the biggest shoes to fill during the 2012 season.

Among them he listed the Mets’ Ruben Tejada who of course will replace Jose Reyes this season as the everyday shortstop.

It focuses mostly on the offense, but check it out.

Here is what he writes:

Tejada has been kicking around the Mets’ roster for the last two years, capably handling a reserve/utility role whenever injuries dictated. He seems like he should be 29 — a guy with callouses on his backside from riding 100s of busses, who finally broke camp with a team one spring and never looked back.

He should be 29. He’s 22. The Mets brought him up to get sporadic playing time when he was 20 for some reason, and that continued last year, when he finished with a .360 OBP. A brief list of middle infielders who cracked a .350 OBP before they turned 22:

  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Edgar Renteria
  • Delino DeShields
  • Jerry Browne
  • Lou Whitaker
  • Willie Randolph
  • Joe Morgan
  • Cass Michaels
  • Pee Wee Reese
  • Bobby Doerr
  • Arky Vaughn
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Donie Bush
  • Larry Doyle

That’s some pretty extraordinary company.

You can read the rest of this post on his site Baseball Nation.

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