I wanted to make my 1000 post good so this is what I came up with. I hope it blows away the other 999. Should Miguel Tejada be taken before Nomar and now that ARod is at 3B does that make Tejada the best SS in the game?
As Hootie as stated before Nomar has been in a decline ever since his 2 huge years in 1999 and 2000.
I will start with comapring Tejada and Nomar the last 2 season's
2 year avg HR's
2 year avg RBI
2 year avg Runs
2 year avg hits
2 year avg SB
2 year avg BB
2 year avg batting avg
2 year avg OBP
Games played avg
So what does all that proove? It prooves that there isnt a very big gap between Nomar and Miggy, if a gap at all. The 2 have been very close in EVERY category over the last 2 year's.
In 2003 Tejada had a "bad" year. But really he simply had a VERY bad april here are his month by month averages. After april was over Miggy was very consistent.
Post All star Break
Tejada 326 avg
Nomar 274 avg
In 2003 Miggy also had a career high in a few categories. He struck out a career low 65 times and his MVP season he struck out 85 times. Miguel also had a career high 69 Extra Base hits and a career high 42 doubles.
Lastly Tejada is leaving Oakland which is a pitcher friendly park to go to the more friendly Camdien Yards. In Baltimore Tejada will also have a lot more protection then in Oakland.
In 2003 the home/away splits are amazing
Home: 253 avg
Road: 303 avg
In 2003 this is how Tejada faired against AL East pitching
Yankees: 343 avg
Red Sox: 357 avg
Blue Jays: 433 avg
Devil Rays: 235 avg.....well you can't hit over 340 everywhere.
Tejada is a career 304 hitter at camden yards in Baltimore.
So could it be Tejada's average has always been lower because of the Net (career 253 at home) and a move to Camden Yards means his average will rise. Yes it does.
So in conclusion Miguel Tejada's average and overall numbers will for sure rise in Baltimore. By looking at last year's averages he feasted on AL East pitching. Nomar has been declining since his great 2000 and 1999 and Nomar's power numbers are not what they use to be. Tejada is also 3 years younger then Nomar.
With all this there is a very great chance that Tejada will be better then Nomar in 2004 like I know he will be. So why not let someone else take Nomar in the 2nd round (or #4 overall if you work for ESPN) and grab Tejada a little later.
Am I going to pick Tejada over Nomar, NO. I don't have too, someone else will then I will get Tejada in the third round.
Tejada is going to have his best season yet as an Oriole and take his game to the next level.
Woo if you made it all the way through then I thank you. I can say my #1000 was by far my longest.