The Padres’ superstar appears to be in some hot water with his teammates as well as the organization.
For a player like Fernando Tatis Jr., who once seemed untouchable as one of the faces of baseball and certainly of the Padres, a downfall of this magnitude was certainly unexpected.
After news broke last night that Tatis Jr. would face an 80-game suspension for use of Clostebol, a form of PED, ending any chance of a 2022 comeback, it’s no surprise that a shocked Padres team and baseball world would feel anything but disappointment for the 23-year-old.
Tatis Jr. claimed that this latest incident was a “mistake”, but how much accountability does he really have built up with the rest of his teammates after already being absent from the Padres this season due to a winter motorcycle accident causing an injury? Not much.
Padres players appear fed up with Fernando Tatis Jr.
Padres players have had enough of their superstar teammate according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and rightfully so. As they’ve pointed out to Acee, San Diego has had success this season without their All-Star shortstop, and with recent trade deadline acquisitions Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader, there’s no reason to believe they won’t make the playoffs this season, Tatis Jr’s. availability aside.
It’s never a good look when your teammates turn on you, and yet at the same time, who could have imagined the possibility that a player with Tatis’ cache would even face that kind of music? Nevertheless, San Diego must carry on knowing they won’t have one of their biggest names in tow, and quite frankly, the organization seems prepared to do just that.
Fernando Tatis Jr.’s shocking fall from grace is a lesson for all athletes that play team sports: you are never truly indispensable and that no matter what status you may have on your team or sport, you can, in fact, tarnish your reputation.