Fernando Tatis Jr. Had To Apologize For Hitting A Grand Slam Because Baseball’s Unwritten Rules Are Stupid

Fernando Tatis Jr Had To Apologize For Hitting A Grand Slam

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Fernando Tatis Jr. is arguably the brightest young star in Major League Baseball.

The 21-year-old son of former MLB player Fernando Tatís is a true prodigy and is off to a hot start in 2020 batting .305 with 11 home runs (most in the league), 28 RBI and a 1.109 OPS in 23 games for the Padres.

An example of his amazing talent was on display Monday night during San Diego’s game versus Texas when Tatis hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the Padres’ 14-4 win over the Rangers.

It was the kind of night most players dream of having, and yet, Tatis was forced to apologize after the game for… doing too well?

Apparently, the problem both the manager of the Rangers, as well as his own manager, had with Tatis’ performance is that his second home run – a grand slam – came on a 3-0 count with the Padres up by a score of 10-3 in the eighth inning.

I guess you’re not supposed to do that, according to baseball’s ridiculous unwritten rules, which also apparently involve throwing behind the next batter to send some sort of message.

“There’s a lot of unwritten rules that are constantly being challenged in today’s game. I didn’t like it, personally,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “You’re up by seven in the eighth inning; it’s typically not a good time to swing 3-0. It’s kind of the way we were all raised in the game. But, like I said, the norms are being challenged on a daily basis. So just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not right. I don’t think we liked it as a group.”

Cry me a river, Woodward.

The crazy part is that Padres manager Jayce Tingler also chastised the superstar for ignoring the take sign on that pitch.

“He’s young, a free spirit and focused and all those things,” said Tingler. “That’s the last thing that we’ll ever take away. It’s a learning opportunity and that’s it. He’ll grow from it.

“Just so you know, a lot of our guys have green light 3-0. But in this game in particular, we had a little bit of a comfortable lead. We’re not trying to run up the score or anything like that.”

So, after having a career night – at the age of just 21 – Tatis was basically forced to apologize rather than celebrate.

“He told me I was getting the sign to take a pitch, and I told him right away, ‘That was on me. I didn’t look in (at third-base coach Glenn Hoffman),’” said Tatis after the game.

“I was locked in, man. I was locked in in the game. I was just trying to produce for my team. … I was just trying to take a good pitch and just put my barrel on it, and I think we got the result.”

“Those experiences, you got to learn from it,” added Tatis. “Probably next time, I take a pitch now that I learned from it.”

Ridiculous.

Even pitcher Trevor Bauer thought Tatis apologizing for being too good was completely unnecessary.

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench also thought it was stupid.

And Major League Baseball wonders why it has so much trouble drawing fans.

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