Tejada with the New York Mets
|New York Mets – No. 11|
October 27, 1989 |
Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
|April 7, 2010, for the New York Mets|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||148|
Rubén Darío Tejada (born October 27, 1989) is a Panamanian professional baseball infielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). While primarily a shortstop, Tejada has also played second base for the Mets.
Tejada was born in Santiago de Veraguas in western Panama to Rubén, Sr., a mechanic, and Donaji Tejada, a secretary. Tejada also has a younger brother, Ernie. Tejada grew up mere feet away from Omar Torrijos Herrera Stadium where his father was also a pitcher for Los Indios de Veraguas.
Growing up, Tejada's favorite baseball players were shortstops Derek Jeter and Omar Vizquel. In 2001, Tejada played for the Santiago de Veraguas Little League team which represented the Latin American region at the Little League World Series. In 2003, at 13 years old, Tejada began playing for Los Indios de Veraguas’ junior team as a pitcher.
Tejada signed with the Mets as an international free agent in 2006. He debuted in professional baseball in 2007. He has played for the Gulf Coast Mets, Venezuela Mets, St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets. He also played for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.
Tejada was invited to spring training with the Mets in 2010. He was the youngest position player on the Mets Opening Day roster since Tim Foli in 1971. On April 7, 2010 he made his major league debut and went 0-for-2 with a HBP in 3 Plate Appearances. On April 9, 2010 he recorded his first major league hit off the Washington Nationals' Tyler Walker.
On September 5, 2010 in the seventh inning Tejada hit his first major league home run off Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo on the first pitch.
Once Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins, Rubén Tejada became the New York Mets starting shortstop for the 2012 season. On August 1, 2012, Tejada hit his second home run in the majors against Matt Cain of the Giants, his first home run since September 5, 2010.
Tejada was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad and called up shortstop Omar Quintanilla from the Mets triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51's to take his spot on the roster. After Quintanilla's unexpected performance however, the Mets optioned Tejada to Las Vegas.
Tejada suffered a broken right fibula in the second game of the 2015 NLDS vs the Dodgers as a result of Chase Utley sliding into him. Utley did not aim for the base but rather right at Tejada to break up a double play "in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a) (13), which is designed to protect fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base." Utley was suspended for two games as a result.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)