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Position: SS      Born: May 25, 1974      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

The former American League MVP was acquired through a trade with the Baltimore Orioles in December, 2007 - the day before his name appeared in the Mitchell Report that tied major league players to illegal performance enhancing drugs. Tejada denied that claim but found himself admitting to lying about his age on his Dominican birth certificate and pled guilty to giving false testimony before Congress. He has also denied charges that he tipped pitches to fellow countrymen while playing with the Oakland A's.

On the field, however, Tejada has proven to be a durable and consistent hitter although with fewer homers than in his American League days. He was twice named to the National League All-Star Team as an Astro and led the club in batting average (.313) and hits (199) in 2009. In the clubhouse, he was cited as an enthusiastic and energetic teammate who has also been involved in community work.

Tejada was allowed to leave in free agency and split time in 2010 with the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres, playing both at third base and shortstop.

Of special note is that Tejada won the Home Run Derby held before the 2004 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park.