Originally written on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 11/20/14
A team will often speak to a player through the media, which the New York Mets appear to be doing with the potentially talented, but often moody and sullen shortstop Ruben Tejada. Appearing on WFAN, Alderson said it was “like pulling teeth’’ to get him to do extra work, which is absurd. I, for one, will simply yawn when the Mets decide they’ve had enough of Tejada’s sorry act and cut him clean. Remember, the Mets are a building team trying to establish a new culture, and that culture doesn’t include not hustling; not thinking about what you’re supposed to do when the ball is hit to you or about the hitting situation; or laziness. What Tejada doesn’t understand, or care about, is the coaches are there for him. If he wants to field extra ground balls or work in the batting cage, all he has to do is ask. I won’t insult David Wright or any other hard-working Met by comparing him to Tejada. I wrote the other day the Mets should play Tejada for the rest of the season, but I was clearly wr...
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  • Don't agree at all. Granted he's been a problem, but what's the alternative, at least short term? With the real Quintanilla showing up, having a 2-49 stretch on extra base hits, he clearly is not the answer. Tejada is batting over .380 in his last 10 games. Granted, he was a washout at the major league level, but his fielding is better than Quintanilla, at least his range and arm, and he very likely is a better hitter. I don't see them moving him unless they have a better solution.
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