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Fernando Tatis Jr. Newsbeat

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Tatis Jr. hits 1st MLB HR; dad will get ball

Merrill Kelly threw a belt-high fastball to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the sixth inning Monday night. Tatis—with that simple, yet violent right-handed swing the Padres have dreamed on for years—turned on it with authority. The baseball soared deep into the left-field seats, and Petco Park rose in unison.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Did Padres stars lobby owner to promote top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr.?

We’ve reached a contentious point in the relationship between Major League Baseball’s players and owners. The tensions have risen so fast and so furiously following consecutive winters of jilted free agents, that many fear a work stoppage is inevitable once the current collective bargaining expires in December 2021, and perhaps even sooner.

But a new report has given us some hope, slight as it might be, that finding common ground is at least possible if the two sides are willing to sit down, talk, and even more importantly, listen.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that’s exactly what happened when San Diego Padres stars Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer recently took owner Ron Fowler out to dinner. The players were there to talk business, the report says. The business of winning. To do that, they felt Fowler had to break away from a common practice used by his fellow owners, so they made a proposal.

Interesting piece, with some points of particular interest given what we’ve seen in the sport in the last few years.

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, fernando tatis jr., manny machado, padres, service time

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to be on Padres opening-day roster, reports say

While many MLB teams shy away from having their top prospects start the season in the majors, the San Diego Padres seem to be going in the opposite direction.

According to several media reports, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., 20, who has never played a game above the Class AA level, will be on the Padres’ 25-man roster on opening day.

The news comes a day after 23-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack, who also hasn’t played above Class AA, was announced as the starting pitcher for San Diego’s fourth regular-season game on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

Padres management has clearly gone mad with power! Run, everyone, run!!!!

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., opening day, roster battles, service time

Friday, February 22, 2019

Report: Manny Machado will accommodate Padres’ top prospect with move back to third base

Manny Machado just signed the biggest free agent contract in the history of North American sports. And yet, he likely won’t ever be playing his favored position again if the San Diego Padres’ plan works out.

After spending a full year playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres’ new $300 million man has agreed to move back to third base for his San Diego tenure. The reason why: Fernando Tatis Jr., widely considered the top shortstop prospect in baseball.

That might be an unexpected development for some, but it’s definitely welcome news for those who miss Machado’s absurd web gems at third base and cringed at his defensive numbers in 2018. And it’s also telling just how highly the Padres and the rest of baseball think of Tatis.

Well, that saves us from that nightmare, it appears….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., manny machado, padres, third basemen

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Long-suffering Padres fans can’t wait to see Tatis Jr.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With a mighty bat flip and joyous home run trot in winter ball, Fernando Tatis Jr. stirred a frenzy among long-suffering San Diego Padres fans eager to see the hotshot shortstop prospect make it to the big leagues.

Tatis’ bat flip after hitting a walk-off homer in a Dominican Winter League playoff game in early January went viral on social media. Fans envision the 20-year-old doing it at Petco Park, perhaps with fewer theatrics than players can get away with in winter ball.

Tatis’ eagerly awaited major league debut most likely will come this year, if not on opening day then after he gets some time in Triple-A.

Hope they don’t mind waiting a few weeks….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres, spring training

 

 

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