Major League Baseball recently suspended San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games. The reason for the suspension was that Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Clostabol.
Upon hearing the news, Tatis Jr. filed an appeal against the suspension, hoping to either reduce the number of games he was suspended or overturn the suspension. But in a statement sent to social media by Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Association Communications shortly after the appeal was filed, “After initially appealing the suspension, I understand that my mistake was the cause of this outcome and as a result, I have decided to begin serving my suspension immediately.”
In the same deposition, Tatis Jr. admitted to taking stimulants, but he also took them with medication to treat ringworm. A few days after the ban was announced on social media, Tatis Jr.’s father, Fernando Tatis Sr., revealed that his son had contracted ringworm from a haircut.
When an athlete takes performance-enhancing drugs, they are usually expected to lie to the public. It was no surprise that no one, including his teammates, was happy when the news broke. Teammates Manny Machado and Mike Clevinger told the media that they were disappointed with him and that they made it this far in the season without him.
As Tatis Jr. received a lot of heat from fans and teammates, his mother felt the need to defend her son. Tatis Jr. posted a photo of her neck on Instagram to try to convince people that the ringworm story was true.
The effort by Tatis Jr.’s parents to clear their son’s name was a reasonable effort, but it received little attention from the baseball media and fans. With Tatis Jr.’s history of lying to the media, no one believed him for several reasons.
It is always recommended that a player be referred off-site by a team physician or other doctor approved by the organization in case of any health problem. This is because the doctors know what to prescribe the athlete without administering banned substances and Tatis Jr. failed to follow the protocol.
Earlier in the season, Tatis Jr. reported to spring training that the Padres announced that the star shortstop suffered a broken wrist in a motorcycle accident in December. At the time of the accident, MLB was in a lockout with the Major League Baseball Players Association. At that time, Tatis Jr. was unable to contact anyone associated with the Padres organization.
Unfortunately, Tatis Jr. made himself look worse over time. When asked by the media about his motorcycle accident, Tatis Jr. replied, “Which one?” he asked. Again only one accident was reported.
Fast forward back to the block. The ringworm story was, as one would expect, a hoax. Hector Gomez, a certified MLB insider, tweeted that Tatis Jr. started using skin cream in March to cover up a motorcycle accident.
Tatis Jr. was very close to returning from injury before the penalty. However, a late return will mean he will miss the remaining 48 games of this season and the first 32 games of next season. To add insult to injury, Tatis Jr. will not be able to participate in next year’s World Baseball Classic.
A version of this article on p. 12 August 25, 2022 edition of The Daily Nexus.