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Tejada Continues To Lobby

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 25, 2006

BALTIMORE, Sept. 24 -- In speaking to the media about winning the Most Valuable Oriole award for the second time in his three years in Baltimore, shortstop Miguel Tejada made yet another plea for help to management.

"I would be more happy if my team was a contending team. But what can I do?" he said. "I still have three more years here. I would like to win. I want to play for something. I love baseball, but at the same time I like winning."

Tejada said he would do his part in trying to build a championship team by speaking to soon-to-be free agent Alfonso Soriano, who shares the same representation, about playing in Baltimore.

"I can tell him we have a great bunch of guys," Tejada said.

Several sources have said that Baltimore will make a strong run at Soriano, the Washington Nationals' left fielder.

Though it's almost certain the Orioles will once again entertain offers for the star shortstop, Tejada said he hoped to stay.

"If the team wants to win, the last thing this team should do is trade me," he said.

Players Irked by Low Netting

Jay Gibbons's wife, Laura, was not seriously hurt after getting struck in the left side by a foul ball that coincidentally was hit by Gibbons in the ninth inning of the Orioles' loss to the Twins on Saturday. The incident once again raised complaints from players who believe the netting behind home plate should be raised to protect the fans, many of whom are Orioles' family members.

"It's something you think about every day here," Gibbons said. "It's something I've talked about on deaf ears. I've got players coming to me every day telling me they had family members get hit or they almost got hit. I'm confused why it's so hard to make an adjustment."

Gibbons said he has spoken to team officials and the players association, but nothing has been done. Orioles Vice President Jim Duquette told Gibbons he would speak to owner Peter Angelos about the topic.

"We all know as a team that when a ball goes back there we have to hold our breaths," said infielder Chris Gomez, whose wife, Margarita, was struck by a foul ball last year. "That's the reason why I have two young kids and they don't come to the game." . . .

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora and catcher Ramon Hernandez missed Sunday's game with flu-like symptoms.

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