Miguel was the sixth
shortstop to win the AL MVP. The first was Lou Boudreau in 1948.
was just the third Dominican to capture an MVP. The first was George
Bell, the second was Sammy Sosa.
in the go-ahead run for the As 32 times in 2002.
Miguel made the
2002 All-Star squad as the ALs fifth and final shortstop. Despite
having Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra and Omar Vizquel, Joe
Torre could not leave Miguel off the team.
In 2006, Miguel hit 20 homers for the eighth consecutive season. The only other shortstops to do this were Cal Ripken (9) and Alex Rodriguez (8).
In a 2006 game against the New York Yankees, Miguel went 4-for-4 in a four-hitter. The last player to do this was Billy Williams in 1969.
Miguel hit a walk-off homer in his first home game with the Astros.
In 2008, Miguel became the first Astro since Jeff Bagwell in 1995 to have back-to-back four-hit games.
Miguel was second in the NL in at-bats in 2008 and 2009.
In 2009, Miguel was second in the NL in hits to Ryan Braun.
Miguel finished the 2009 season with a 21-game hitting streak.
In 2009, Miguel became the 29th shortstop with 2,000 career hits.
With his 278th home run as a shortstop, Miguel passed Ernie Banks to move into third place on the all-time list. He trails only Cal Ripken (345) and Alex Rodriguez (344).
Miguel’s 1,152 consecutive games played ranks fifth all-time behind Cal Ripken (2,632), Lou Gehrig (2,130, Everett Scott (1,301) and Steve Garvey (1,217).
Miguel played all 162 games three years in a row for the Orioles.
Miguel holds the record for hits by a Houston shortstop.
idol was Alfredo Griffin.
After signing a
new four-year $11 million deal in 2000, Miguel bought his father a new
is named Alesandra. The couple has a daughter, Alexa, and a son, Miguelito.
Hipolito Mejia held a special reception in Miguels honor after
he won the AL MVP. On the way from Bani, fans lined the streets. Miguel
stopped his car several times to shake hands with the crowd. He was
90 minutes late for his own party.
Miguel says the Babalu Grill and The Cheesecake Factory
make the best crab cakes in Baltimore. He also loves the crab soup at
Miguel built a baseball stadium in his hometown in
the Dominican Republic. Known as Miguel Tejada Stadium, it features
a six-foot painting of him on the centerfield wall. The stadium, which
seats 3,000, was christened in December of 2004 with a game hosted by
his Winter Ball team, Aguilas.