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Crosby vs Tejada

Anyone who saw Tejada in his second year with the A's can attest to how much ahead in development Crosby is relative to Miguel, both in the field and at the bat. Crosby makes the routine play regularly, while Tejada frequently blew such plays up to and including his third MLB season. And at the bat, Tejada was a sucker for the breaking pitch and change of pace. While Crosby also succumbed to these pitches last season, he has adjusted to them in 2005.

Tejada is doing far better with the O's than he did with the A's at the bat because he has superb hitters both before and after him and thus he gets a steady diet of fastballs. And, of course, Camden Yards is a bandbox, a Mecca for the longball. Many Miggy hits out of Camden don't even reach the Coli wall.

In sum, BB made an excellent move in choosing Chavvy over Miggy. The A's had no gold glove option waiting in the wings to man the hot corner (and no, not every player can make the move from SS to 3rd base) and Crosby is--mark my words--going to be a perennial All Star who will make the A's forget all about Tejada.

Indeed, the most lasting memories of Miggy will be his failures in the postseason--something he won't have to deal with in Baltimore--and his BONEHEAD failure to keep running vs the BoSux...

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