The father of Fernando Tatis Jr. supported his son’s claim that he violated Major League Baseball’s drug policy over a steroid contained in a ringworm drug, calling it “a catastrophe” that the San Diego Padres superstar’s reputation has been tarnished because of it.
Fernando Tatis Sr., who played in the major leagues in parts of 11 seasons, told “The Midday Show” in his native Dominican Republic on Monday that Tatis Jr. was taking the medication Trofobol to treat a ringworm that appeared on the side of his neck. , a photo of which was previously posted on his mother’s Instagram page. The drug, not sold in the United States, is a spray used to treat skin conditions, namely scars and burns. The label lists clostebol, the anabolic steroid for which Tatis Jr. tested positive, and neomycin, an antibiotic, as the two main ingredients.
Tatis was handed an 80-game ban on Friday after testing positive for clostebol, barring him from the final 48 games of the Padres’ regular season and however far they get through the playoffs, if they get there. The remainder of the suspension will be lifted at the start of the 2023 season. The discipline was handed over as Tatis was in the final stages of his recovery from the left wrist injury sustained during the off-season in what was believed to be a motorcycle accident in December.
Those two incidents, coupled with the 14-year $340 million extension he signed in February 2021, raised serious concerns about the 23-year-old superstar’s reliability and sparked strong comments from key members of the Padres, most notably general manager AJ Preller, who hinted at trust issues while speaking to beat reporters from Washington, D.C. last week
Tatis Sr. Acknowledges that his son made a mistake in not realizing the medication contained a steroid, a direct violation of MLB’s drug policy, but added that it could have been “better managed” by the league, without going into details steps.
“I don’t think there was any reason to destroy a player’s image because of something so small,” he told The Midday Show in Spanish.
Later Tatis Sr. “This is a disaster that has happened, not just for Jr., but for all of baseball. There are millions of fans who are now stopping watching baseball. It’s a total disappointment to Dominican fans, fans all over the world.” , for something so insignificant it wasn’t worth it. It’s a hot topic. What came out positively in Jr.’s body is something that doesn’t empower you, first of all, you [weight-training] regimen, that is, secondly, has no testosterone, that is, thirdly, contains absolutely nothing that would give you an edge in the game. What happened is a disaster for baseball.”
Clostebol is indeed a derivative of testosterone and is an anabolic steroid that has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Dee Gordon and Freddy Galvis were previously suspended for testing positive for the substance by MLB, which has listed clostebol as a banned substance since the start of its drug testing program in 2003.
Tatis Jr. is the first player in major league history to have 80 home runs and 50 stolen bases in the first 300 games of his career, but will have played only 273 of the possible 546 regular season games by the end of 2022. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2019 season due to a stress reaction in his lower back and had to deal with a troublesome left shoulder throughout 2021 that often kept him out of the lineup.
However, his years-long absence in 2022 was a product of factors that he apparently had good control over. And it comes at the worst possible time for the franchise, which stripped its farm system bare to take over Juan Soto and raised its payroll to historic records as it went on a quest for its first championship. In a lengthy statement released Friday, Tatis said he briefly considered appealing the suspension before deciding to serve the sentence, adding that he was “completely devastated” by the circumstance.
Tatis Sr. told “The Midday Show” that he and his son plan to travel to various leagues in the Dominican Republic to explain their version of events to young ball players.
“There is one thing that no one will ever be able to take from you: the grace with which Fernando plays the game,” said Tatis Sr. “No man can ever take that away.”