MLB Loses One of Its Biggest Young Stars – What else can go wrong for baseball?

In a blow to the Padres and Major League Baseball as a whole, San Diego Padres general manager AJ Prelle announced that Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist during the offseason and needed a surgery that would sideline him for up to three months. It’s unclear how the injury happened, but the fracture potentially happened early in the offseason and resumed when Tatis started swinging a bat a few weeks ago, according to the website. of the team.

There may be more details to come as reports surfaced in December that Tatis suffered scratches to his hand and knee in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic, according to The Associated Press. For a 23-year-old who suffered from back pain that ended his season in mid-August in 2019 and suffered a series of left shoulder injuries last year, but who has Still led the National League with 42 home runs in 130 games, a motorcycle accident is definitely not what the doctor ordered, although Tatis said he only suffered ‘bumps and bruises’ in the accident(s).

“It’s terrible,” Tatis said on the Padres’ first full day of camp Monday. “I feel like everyone is disappointed, especially me. I feel like we have a good chance this year as a team, and I just want to be there for my teammates.

One of the best young players in the game, Tatis is a joy to watch and a rare recognizable superstar in a sport that has been left without real star power in recent years. With news of MLB resolving its lockout almost immediately replaced in the sports media world with reports of star NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson hitting the trade market after a year of legal struggles to be trailed by Tom Brady announcing returning to football, baseball can ill afford to lose a talent like Tatis. Unfortunately, he might not be back on the diamond until July if the three-month schedule holds.

At least it looks like he’ll be back:

Meanwhile, MLB free agency keeps rolling. But with the legal tampering period opening in the NFL on Monday ahead of the serious opening of free agency on Wednesday, most MLB signings are going to be relegated to back-page news as the sports world turns. focuses on football. If MLB owners and players had put their bullshit together and gotten a deal a little sooner, baseball’s offseason would have had some time to work and build interest without having to compete with the NFL. It didn’t happen and now America’s Pastime is back to yesterday’s news.

Neal T. Doss