The San Diego Padres' 2022 World Series aspirations were dealt a blow last week thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr.'s 80-game suspension for violating the MLB's PED policy. The 23-year-old said that he tested positive after using Trofobol — a spray medication that includes steroids — to treat ringworm.
While many people are frustrated by Tatis, his father — former Major-Leaguer Fernando Sr. — is on his side. In fact, the elder Tatis sounded off on his son's suspension on the Dominican Republic's "The Midday Show" on Monday, that the "catastrophe" is bad "for all of baseball."
Fernando Tatis Jr. Suspension
Tatis Sr. didn't stop there, refusing to hold back as he said the MLB ruined his son's reputation. His goal is now to travel throughout the Dominican Republic with his son to tell baseball fans their version of the events so that nobody can take Fernando Jr.'s grace away from him.
"There are millions of fans who are gonna stop watching baseball now. It's a total disappointment for Dominican fans, fans throughout the world."- Fernando Tatis Sr.
While it's respectable that Tatis Sr. is sticking up for his son, he also has some facts wrong. He incorrectly told viewers that the type of steroid Tatis Jr. tested positive for — clostebol — doesn't contain testosterone when, in fact, it does and has been banned by the MLB since 2003.
After going all-in on Juan Soto, the timing of Tatis' suspension couldn't have been any worse. His PED violation has shattered the trust that came when the Padres inked him to a 14-year, $340 million extension last year. Now, Tatis is allegedly meeting with general manager A.J. Preller on Thursday to try and fix the relationship.
Only time will tell if the oft-injured outfielder has learned from his mistake. While some injuries are uncontrollable, he likely would've played this season had he not been motorcycling in his home country in the offseason.
Now, it's up to Tatis to serve his suspension and come back in 2023 healthier than ever, proving that he can live up to every penny on his monster contract.
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