I hit up the Miguel Tejada pitch-tipping thing at NBC over the weekend, but I didn’t think too deeply about it. I stand by my initial thoughts on the matter though, which were (a) I don’t know if he was doing it or not and I’m not sure anything in the article proved that he was; but (b) regardless of the merits of it all, it’s at least better to see this kind of stuff with people’s names attached than anonymously sourced a la Selena Roberts’ charges against A-Rod.
Since then, readers have shot me two interesting observations. The first observation echoes Deadspin’s take, with one reader voicing her frustration that baseball “seems to show its racism and bigotry more and more particularly with Latino players. The loyalty questions, the laziness complaints, etc.” I’ll grant that Johnny Damon’s quote — “it seemed like all the Dominican guys were killing us” — was unfortunate and is worth probing a bit more, but I’m not sure that there’s any more evidence here to suggest that people had it in for Tejada as a guy from the D.R. than there is to suggest that Tejada was, in fact, intentionally tipping. There were concrete examples of Tejada’s play that his teammates took issue with at the time. I didn’t get the sense that this was some high class version of the old “Latinos are all lazy and disloyal” rant, but I’m open to others’ takes on the matter.
The second observation, from commenter Mike, was a bit lighter:
Tejada says he’s innocent and I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt. The man is no liar. Er…well…he was charged with lying to Congress about PED usage in baseball. But, otherwise, the man is . . . no, actually, Tejada also lied to MLB about his age. Other than THAT, though, the man is no liar. So we should, you know, give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe.