In his interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said some things about Ruben Tejada that were very unflattering and I would say he basically called him lazy, aloof and unmotivated although not in so many words.
“One of the problems with Ruben is it’s like pulling teeth,” Alderson said to describe his frustration with the 23-year old infielder.
He accuses Tejada of failing to put in any extra effort to prove he deserves to have a regular job. Saying that he never takes extra batting practice or does anything extra unless someone tells him to.
He added that Tejada lacks any real commitment to improve as a player, and that now if he want’s a role on this team he’s going to have to earn it.
He did say that if not for Las Vegas being in the playoffs, Tejada likely would have been called up, but it certainly looks like the once promising infielder has worn out his welcome with the Mets.
Ironically, over at our companion site MetsMinors.net, Tejada was just selected as out Mets Minor League Player of the Week after batting .424 (14 for 33) with seven runs scored, a double, a triple, two home runs, five RBIs and four walks among his four multi-hit games.
Oh, and it was Tejada who hit the walk-off single that clinched the post season berth for the 51s.
It doesn’t seem to me like Tejada will have a role with this team going forward…. Bad enough he was in Collins’ doghouse, but now it’s clear that he’s in Alderson’s doghouse too…
Max, if you’re going to vomit, please make sure we are not in the same room. As for Ruben Tejada, I’m happy to report that he is alive and well in Las Vegas. In fact, after last night I would even say he’s thriving.
Tejada collected five hits last night, including a walk off single in the bottom of the tenth as the Las Vegas 51s clinched the Southern Division Title in the Pacific Coast League. It was all hugs and high-fives for Ruben who is batting .356 over his last ten games with four doubles and a triple among his 16 hits. Add to that a .489 slugging and an .851 OPS to go with six runs scored and five ribbies.
Tejada has never been a Terry Collins favorite ever since he failed to show up one month early for Spring Training in 2012. Collins gave Tejada an earful when he finally did report to camp five days before most of his other teammates. It seems that for some reason or another, Tejada has spent plenty of time in Collins’ doghouse.
Before he landed on the DL with an injury this season, he was moments away from being demoted after hitting just .209 with a .267 OBP over 50 games. So it was no surprise he was assigned to Las Vegas immediately after being activated from the disabled list.
The 23-year-old Tejada is hitting .281 overall in 56 minor league games this season, with 33 runs scored and 22 RBIs. But that isn’t nearly enough to supplant the 31-year old journeyman Omar Quintanilla, who is hitting .222 with a .596 OPS. Quintanilla is very high on Collins’ fave list and they are now BFFs.
There is no real logic in continuing to play Quintanilla over Tejada, who batted .284 and .289 in his two previous seasons and clearly has more upside. But when you have a lame duck manager playing for his job, they say logic and rational decision making are the first things to go.
Tejada will likely rejoin the Mets on September 1, when the rosters expand, but that doesn’t mean Collins will play him.
As for next season, your guess is as good as mine.
My hope is that they try to acquire someone like an Alexei Ramirez, but nobody really knows how this offseason will play itself out. We all wait with bated breath to see if they are really going to spend the money it will take to improve this team as they’ve been touting for nearly a year now.