Now, I can’t see Tejada being an abysmal failure — he can still hit for average, is a run producer and a man with a lot of pride. However, if he commits a horrendous amount of errors at the hot corner and looks plain bad, it won’t matter what he does in the eyes of many with his bat.
Also, if you factor his age — he’ll be 36 this season — and his general decline, Tejada may be a candidate for disappointment. Again, I think Tejada do fine, but if he and the Orioles struggle out of the gate, it’s going to be a rough ride.
I was going to pick Garrett Atkins as my candidate originally; however, his season in 2008 might have just been a strange aberration and he’s still young enough to bounce back to his 2006-08 stats.