Just a week and a half ago, the Fathers They should feel good about themselves. They were in the playoffs and had a big trade deadline, landing several big-name players, including 23-year-old star player Juan Soto. But on Friday, the team hit a bit of a snag. Young star Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended 80 games for violating the league’s drug policy after failing a PED test.

Remember Tatis broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident that winter. When Tatis was asked the date of the accident, “Which one?”

Which motorcycle accident? In the same season?

And now on top of that Tatis is suspended next May. He will miss all of the 2022 season, essentially due to poor decision-making. There is a phrase I learned from a coach that has stayed with me for years. “Control what you can control.” You can’t control the referees, you can’t control the weather, you can’t control how the opposing team plays. Among other things, you can control your decision making.

Tatis had a motorcycle accident last season and decided to continue cycling. He injured his wrist and didn’t tell anyone about it until he reported to camp in March. Bad decisions kept Tatis out of the Padres’ lineup until August. And now, on top of that, we’ve learned that he’s been sitting out eighty more 80 games that have caused more problems with his decision-making.

Padres general manager AJ Preller had some of the strictest words we’re used to seeing from front office executives when talking to one of their stars.

“I think hopefully there will be some maturity from the time of the game until now,” Preller said. Through athletics. “And obviously with the news today, it’s more of a pattern and something that we have to dig into a little bit more. I’m sure he’s very disappointed, but at the end of the day, it’s something to say. You have to start by showing it with your actions.”

“I think it’s a time of confidence that we have to reach,” Preller said. Through San Diego Union-Tribune. “I think that’s something we haven’t really had in the last six or seven months.”

cruel? Maybe, but it’s in a beautiful place. Rookie pitcher Mike Clevinger felt the same way:

Tatis is only 23 years old, but his father has played part of 11 seasons in the majors. The concept of being a responsible big leaguer should not be new.

As one of the most talented players in baseball, Tatis is responsible for his teammates. Remember, they were in the playoffs last year and fell short. They played well in his absence and were poised to add a great deal of talent in pursuit of a deep playoff run and possibly the Padres’ first World Series title. Instead, they have to do without it.

He is in the second year of a 14-year, $340 million contract, which means he has management and ownership responsibilities. As Preller said, Tatis hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

The best bet here is that the PED ban directly scared Tatis and that between now and when the ban is proposed, it will grow significantly and move forward with better decisions. Then again, shouldn’t the first motorcycle accident be a wake-up call?

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