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Tejada named to AL All-Star team07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Gary Washburn / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Miguel Tejada signed a six-year, $72 million contract to be the Orioles' leader and franchise cornerstone. On Sunday, he cemented his status as a standout player by being named to the July 13 All-Star Game at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
Tejada, 28, has been the Orioles' most consistent player in his first season with the club. After Sunday, he is hitting .315 with 15 homers, 69 RBIs and a 19-game hitting streak. His 69 RBIs are fourth in the Major Leagues and he is on pace to shatter his career high of 131 in 2002.
"I am surprised because there are so many good players who had great years," he said after the Orioles' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia. "So many guys from that position. The All-Star Game always had superstars, and this year I didn't think I was going to make it."
He was elected to his first All-Star Game in 2002, and later that year he collected his first American League MVP award. After six years with the Oakland A's, Tejada signed with the Orioles to become the team's first legitimate superstar since the retirement of Cal Ripken.
Tejada was named a reserve by Yankees manager Joe Torre. He finished fourth in the fan balloting behind the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Boston's Nomar Garciaparra and Texas' Michael Young. Jeter will be a starter, while Young was elected on the players' ballot.
"He was very deserving," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said of Tejada. "There were a lot of guys on our club who deserved to make the team."