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Ruben Tejada
Ruben Tejada
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 854 of 1043 players
Ruben Dario Tejada
Born: October 27, 1989 at Varaguas, Panama
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 165

Ruben Tejada was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on March 14, 2013.

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First Mets game: April 7, 2010
Last Mets game: October 10, 2015

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Mister Mett
March 8, 2011
All glove, no stick. Rey Ordonez of this decade.

September 5, 2011
Saw a lot of Tejada in Buffalo the past 2 seasons. Unlike Rey Rey Ordonez, Ruben Tejada has a clue at the plate. Ordonez never worked an at bat like Tejada does, and Tejada's instincts for the game are great. In short, Tejada is a high baseball IQ guy, while Ordonez was a baseball imbecile with ungodly talent.

Hot Foot
April 6, 2013
This man has no place on the 2013 Mets, a team composed of competitors with heart. He has no heart. He plays the game like Kevin McReynolds.

During spring training, David Wright spoke to him about his luck of hustle. It doesn't seem to have done any good. I hope he turns his lackadaisical play around, but I doubt he will.

Jonathan Stern
April 22, 2013
I really don't agree with Hot Foot. I have seen nothing that reminds me of Kevin McReynolds, not yet anyway. I also don't agree with all of the geniuses on the radio and in the papers that Tejada is losing it in the field. While everyone on the Mets is staying classy regarding the recent games in Minnesota and Denver, the bottom line is that it was too hard for the players to grip the ball in that kind of weather. As far as the old line, "No excuses - both teams have to play in bad weather," the home teams DID have the edge because they were more used to the cold.

Were these gasbags rooting for Tejada to play himself out of the bigs? Tejada is going to be fine, especially when the weather really warms up.

Hot Foot
May 4, 2013
Ruben finally showed some spark in last night's extra-inning win. He got the game-winning hit in Atlanta, capping a come-from-behind rally.

I just would like him to show some fire; to play harder. He clearly has a lot of talent and is still young, but he has always seemed to play with a laid-back attitude that was fine when he was hitting .280 but not fine when he was hitting .220 and making routine errors.

It hasn't seemed like he has played up to the level of his talent yet, due to lack of hustle (from either being tired from the long season or conserving energy for the long season). When he came up to the big leagues, he was serviceable, and up to this point that hasn't changed, but obviously there is room for improvement.

Jonathan Stern
July 11, 2013
Did I really say that Tejada is going to be fine? Did I really call his critics gasbags? It shows you what I know. It seems that, as Dallas Green would say, Tejada is playing himself out of the bigs. Good thing Omar Quintanilla is doing a great job in his place... so far!

My apologies to Hot Foot. I did not mean to call you a gasbag. My comment was aimed at the media, who I don't particularly like even though I read their articles and listen to their radio shows like most sports junkies.

Hot Foot
August 14, 2013
I looked up Ruben's minor league stats and was surprised to find out that he used to steal bases early in his minor league career. It's curious why that part of his game has been non-existent in the big leagues. In 2011 and 2012 he put up a decent batting average and played a generally smooth shortstop. I saw him as the Rafael Santana of this generation, but it always surprised me that people saw him as a successor to Reyes, as the Mets shortstop of the future. I always thought the Mets could do better than Tejada at shortstop. That was BEFORE this year.

In response to Jonathan, I appreciate the sentiment, although I assure you I never took any offense. I had a strong feeling I knew who you were talking about when you mentioned the word 'gasbag'. I wasn't sure, because I couldn't remember Mike Francesca ever saying that Tejada was losing it in the field, but if he did, he was right on point.

December 28, 2013
Simply put, Ruben came into Spring Training completely out of shape and never got it going. It's very disappointing coming from a guy who I know worked his butt off in Buffalo. His future is in jeopardy, and I hope he has learned a thing or two about being a professional.

Hot Foot
May 20, 2014
Ahhhh, another memory of dear Ruben.

I see his average has dropped down to .185, and my first thought is- I hope he goes 0 for the next 50 so Terry Collins will finally bench him and play Wilmer Flores.

Nice memory.

May 30, 2014
Not a major league shortstop, not even a AAA shortstop. This guy is a joke.

June 26, 2015
Mets fans have been rallying against Ruben Tejada for years, yet he continues to play for the club. At no point was I particularly impressed by him. It amazes me that he is still with New York. Since 2013, he has hit .230 with six home runs in 692 at-bats. His defense is average at best. A bad player that shouldn't even be in the major leagues.

Hot Foot
October 13, 2015
Get well soon Ruben.

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