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David Ortiz offers ridiculous comment about Fernando Tatis

David Ortiz in sunglasses

Jul 11, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox former player David Ortiz is interviewed before the 2017 MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and one Hall of Famer believes the league has mishandled the situation.

MLB announced last week that Tatis tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid called Clostebol. David Ortiz said on Monday that he thinks the league should have kept the news of the 80-game suspension under wraps because Tatis is “an amazing player.”

It seems like Ortiz’s stance is that suspending a superstar player for 80 games is bad for baseball. He may also believe the extremely bizarre excuse Tatis and his father gave for the positive PED test. Most people would argue that MLB needs as much transparency as possible in these situations, regardless of the player’s skill level.

Tatis, 23, had yet to play this season after undergoing surgery in March for a wrist fracture. The San Diego Padres star was nearing a return to action, but the suspension renders him ineligible for the remainder of the regular season plus the postseason. Tatis’ ban will also carry over into the start of the 2023 campaign.

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