Spotlight turns to baseball and Padres' weighty expectations
Just hours after confetti fell on the NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs in Glendale, Arizona, the sports spotlight shifted to baseball as pitchers and catchers who will play in the World Baseball Classic began reporting to spring training complexes throughout the Phoenix area and in Florida.
Tatis apologizes to Padres, fans for 80-game drug suspension
Fernando Tatis Jr. apologized privately to his San Diego Padres teammates for testing positive for a performance enhancing-drug, then publicly expressed remorse for the 80-game suspension that will keep him off the field well into next season.
Padres star Tatis suspended 80 games for positive drug test
San Diego Padres dynamo Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the brighest, freshest stars in all of Major League Baseball, was suspended 80 games on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The penalty imposed by MLB was effective immediately, meaning the shortstop cannot play in the majors this year for the postseason-contending Padres. MLB said the suspension — making Tatis one of the most prominent players penalized for PEDs — also will knock him out of playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.news.yahoo.com
In hot MLB market, patience takes a backseat to action
Patience is often rewarded for both free agents and general managers during most Major League Baseball offseasons. As expected, free agents are flying off the market and trades are getting done at a breakneck pace following MLB's 99-day lockout that froze the league's transactions for more than three months. “It’s like drinking out of a firehose,” said Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.news.yahoo.com
Betts leads MLB in jersey sales, 4 Dodgers in top 10
Mookie Betts and the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers had four of the top 10 selling jerseys in Major League Baseball this season. Betts' No. 50 uniform claimed the top spot for the second straight year after he was acquired prior to the 2020 season from the Boston Red Sox. Kershaw and Seager are set to become free agents.news.yahoo.com
Tatis botches popup, Cards beat Padres 8-7, win 8th straight
San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 Sunday for an eight-game winning streak. “Looking back, maybe you'd take the out at second,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. San Diego starter Jake Arrieta left soon after the error with an injury.news.yahoo.com
Thousands of Haitians cross into US from Mexico
Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from Mexico. (Sept. 18)news.yahoo.com
Padres' Machado screams at Tatis in dugout after ump dispute
Manny Machado screamed at All-Star teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout during the fifth inning of the San Diego Padres’ crucial game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis, telling him “it’s not about you” and “you go play baseball” after Tatis struck out looking in the fifth. Tatis reacted angrily to the call by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, and manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he came out of the dugout to argue.news.yahoo.com
Gatorade finds its new Derek Jeter in young Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres looks on in the ninth inning during Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field on Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to an endorsement deal with Gatorade and will promote its Bolt24 drink in new advertisement campaigns starting this month. In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Tatis discussed why Gatorade's deal aligned better with his brand than other sports drink competitors. In the 21-year-old Tatis, Gatorade landed a dynamic young player with superstar potential. Jeff Kearney, Gatorade's global head of sports marketing, said the signing is similar to another star shortstop – Derek Jeter.cnbc.com