Superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres has been suspended for 80 games after breaking the Joint Drug Agreement with Major League Baseball. Tatis tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol, according to Major League Baseball.
After hearing about the ban, the Padres issued the following statement.
“The news that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and was sentenced to an 80-game ban without pay shocked and deeply upset us. Fernando will hopefully gain knowledge from this experience, and we wholeheartedly support the Program.”
Tatis, 23, will be required to be reinstated from the disabled list before he can begin serving his 80-game punishment. Should the Padres advance to the postseason, Tatis will also be ineligible to play. A significant portion of the 2023 season will also be lost due to this suspension because the Padres still have 48 games left to play, including Friday night.
Tatis has made the following declaration:
Major League Baseball has informed me that a test sample I provided tested positive for Clostebol. I should have used the tools at my disposal to check that the medication I was taking didn’t include any illegal drugs. I was unable to do so.
I want to take this opportunity to express my regret to Peter, AJ, the entire Padres organization, my teammates, Major League Baseball, and baseball fans everywhere. My mistake is completely my fault, and I would never intentionally cheat or disrespect this game that I adore.
Until this test, all of the drug tests I’ve completed throughout my professional career, up until March 29, 2022, had shown negative results.
I am devastated beyond belief. I would rather be on the field competing with my teammates than anywhere else in the world. I had initially appealed the ban, but after realizing my error had led to this outcome, I’ve made the decision to start serving it right away. In 2023, I’m looking forward to returning to the field with my old teammates.
Tatis is in the second year of a $140-million, 14-year contract.
Tatis had a.282/.364/.611 (165 OPS+) batting line in 130 games last year, adding 31 doubles, 42 home runs, 97 RBI, 99 runs, 25 steals, and 6.6 WAR. In the NL MVP voting, he came in third after coming in fourth in 2020. He has always been among the top players in baseball when healthy, but he has struggled with major injuries, most notably fractures to his wrist this season after breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident and his shoulder last season. He will now miss 80 games as a result of a PED violation.
The Padres have a one-game lead over the Brewers for the third and final NL wild-card slot going into Friday with a record of 63-51. Prior to the trade deadline, they recently made a big splash by adding Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader, and Brandon Drury. After losing five straight, they have recently won two straight.
The Padres have played without Tatis the entire season, so how will they proceed now? The fact that the team has already played the most of the season without him means that they will just keep going in the same direction. There was enthusiasm surrounding the organization’s decision to add an MVP-caliber player to the squad without having to move anyone away.