Q: How do you become two years older than everybody thought you were?
Saying he wanted to unburden himself, Miguel Tejada approached general manager Ed Wade and asked to correct misinformation he gave the Oakland A’s when he signed in 1993. The Astros’ new shortstop is actually 33, two years older than he’s listed in the club’s media guide and other baseball records.
Tejada was actually 19 when he signed as a kid out of poverty-stricken Bani, Dominican Republic. At the time, he says, a local coach encouraged him to say he was 17.
"I'm a poor kid that wanted to sign," he said. "I’m feeling free now,” he said. “It’s something that I had in my mind.”
Someone's bound to make a big stink out of this, but I don't really see it as a huge thing. I mean, how many times in the history of the game has stuff like this happened?
After all, the Astros don't see it as a big deal.
“Fact of the matter is that he plays like he's 25, so I don't think it really matters a whole lot,” said [Astros GM Ed] Wade, who indicated the age discrepancy first came out during the course of a media interview. “We're still trying to figure out Jose Cruz Sr's age.”
If they're not upset then i see no reason to be.