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Fernando Tatis Jr.

Fernando Tatis Jr. has bold prediction for where MLB salaries are headed

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr. thinks that MLB teams are soon going to need the Brink’s truck for their biggest stars.

The San Diego Padres All-Star spoke with reporters in his native Dominican Republic this week and gave a bold prediction for how much money two of the game’s top players are eventually going to get.

“I think that both Juan Soto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will sign contracts over $400 million,” said Tatis, per MLB insider Hector Gomez. “Those two guys’ bats are setting the tone for the major leagues right now.”

For reference, Tatis himself got a 14-year, $340 million contract extension from the Padres before the 2021 season. The current record for the largest extension in MLB history is Mookie Betts’ 12 years and $365 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has the record for the largest total contract at 12 years and $426.5 million.

The 23-year-old Soto, an All-Star and ex-batting champion, is under team control through 2024. The 22-year-old Guerrero, the MLB home run leader and AL MVP runner-up for this past season, is under team control through 2025. They can agree to an extension with their respective teams before that though, as we saw with Tatis, who got his after just two years of service time.

There have been some slightly more reserved estimates of how much money Soto and Guerrero could get. But Tatis clearly thinks that the bank will be broken for his two fellow Dominican phenoms.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. was involved in motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr. has escaped with only minor injuries after an accident this week in his native Dominican Republic.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Tatis Jr. was involved in a minor accident on Sunday and suffered only minor scrapes. Acee adds that the Padres star was doing normal activities as of Tuesday, citing people familiar with the All-Star slugger’s status.

An initial report out of the Dominican Republic stated that a motorcycle was involved in the accident, which occurred in the city of Higuey, and that Tatis was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment.

The 22-year-old Tatis is one of the brightest young stars in baseball. He hit an NL-leading 42 home runs last season to go along with 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Tatis also finished third in NL MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger Award. It was his first season of a 14-year, $340 million contract.

Additionally, Tatis dealt with a nagging injury issue last season that briefly caused him to change positions.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Fernando Tatis runs Padres out of inning with blunder

Fernando Tatis Jr. error

Fernando Tatis Jr. is often praised for the energy and excitement he brings to MLB. But on Friday, the excitement factor he brings to the table backfired.

The San Diego Padres had runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Hosmer at the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the sixth. Tatis was on second and Jake Cronenworth was on first as they were losing 2-0.

Hosmer also delivered an infield single. But Tatis Jr. ran them out of what should have been a bases loaded situation when he tried to head home and score after the ball hit third base and popped up.

Tatis completely misjudged the situation and was easily tagged out for the final out of the inning. Wil Myers would have been up next.

You look at the Padres’ roster and see all their talented players and wonder how they’re not in the playoffs. Then you see plays like that and realize maybe there’s more to the picture.

Max Muncy had amazing reaction to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s huge home run

Max Muncy reaction

Fernando Tatis Jr. joined some elite company on Thursday when he hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium. He also left one of his opponents completely impressed.

Tatis was batting in the top of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a runner on second and his team down 4-1. He blasted a hanging breaking ball from Tony Gonsolin to deep left field. The ball traveled out of the stadium, which is a rare feat.

That was incredible. Keep in mind that only four others have hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium during a game: Mike Piazza, Willie Stargell, Mark McGwire and Giancarlo Stanton.

Max Muncy’s reaction said it all.

How could you not be impressed?

The Dodgers won the game 8-3, so they’ll trade the embarrassment of the huge homer for the victory. But that sure was some blast by Tatis.

Padres stars Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. address heated incident

Manny Machado Fernando Tatis

Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. got into a heated argument in the dugout on Saturday night, but the two San Diego Padres superstars insist the incident is not a reflection of their relationship with one another.

A fan in St. Louis captured a cell phone video of Machado unloading on Tatis and cursing at him in the dugout not long after Tatis complained about a called third strike on him. Prior to Tuesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Machado and Tatis met with reporters together to show everything is fine between them.

Machado said the argument was “not a big deal.” He also called Tatis his “little brother.”

“We’ve got a team that’s trying to compete and get to the World Series. We haven’t been playing great baseball, so emotions get involved and get the better of us at times,” Machado said. “Those are situations we learn from as a team, as a leader, as an organization, and just get better from it.”

Tatis agreed.

“It’s part of what this game brings out, especially when good players are trying to win and stuff is not going our way,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m glad it happened. I feel like that will bring us stronger (together).”

The comments are hardly a surprise. Machado and Tatis are the Padres’ two best players, and the team has faded over the last few weeks. After another loss on Tuesday (their fourth straight), San Diego is now five games back of the second NL Wild Card spot with just 12 games remaining.

Machado has a reputation for being a distraction and brought a lot of it on himself, but he was actually showing good leadership by going after Tatis. The fact that the two met with reporters together indicates Tatis did not take it personally.

Video: Manny Machado confronts Fernando Tatis Jr. in Padres dugout

Manny Machado Fernando Tatis

Manny Machado confronted Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout during the fifth inning of their San Diego Padres’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Tatis struck out looking to start the top of the fifth with his team leading 2-0. He was upset with the strike three call and complained about it. Padres manager Jayce Tingler argued about the call and was ejected.

Prior to taking the field for the bottom of the fifth, Machado confronted his teammate in the dugout to tell him to stop complaining and focus on playing. Why? He knew the Padres couldn’t afford to have their best player ejected or moping.

Here is what the argument looked like. Beware, there is some cussing:

Absent context, the video makes Machado look bad. But he was showing good leadership by stepping in and trying to get Tatis to focus and level out his head.

Keep in mind what’s going on with the Padres. They had a strong first half and were 16 games above .500 at one point. They have started to fade though since mid-August and are 2.5 games back of the second wild-card spot. Their collapse has been a sore spot for a month, so it’s no surprise to see heated emotions in the dugout.

Machado has a negative reputation and brought a lot of it upon himself. However, he seems to have matured in San Diego and was showing leadership in this situation.

Fernando Tatis Jr. could return to shortstop for Padres

Fernando Tatis Jr

San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. has had multiple stints on the injured list this season as the result of a shoulder injury, which also led to his move from shortstop to the outfield. The team, understandably, is doing everything in their power to keep their best player healthy.

But things change on a dime in Major League Baseball and on Friday night, Tatis’ temporary replacement at shortstop, Jake Cronenworth, suffered a small finger fracture and his immediate future is uncertain.

Asked about potentially moving Tatis back to shortstop for the time being, Padres manager Jayce Tingler said very simply, “everything’s on the table.”

Tatis, who has looked solid in the outfield, never closed the door on returning to shortstop.

“I will play shortstop again. Playing in the outfield is temporary. I am ruling out having surgery on my shoulder. I have taken great care of my body and that has paid off,” Tatis told Yancen Pujoles earlier this week.

This is obviously a less than ideal situation for San Diego and will requiring some juggling to get through if Cronenworth misses any length of time.

Byron Buxton has funny comment about his son’s favorite player

Byron Buxton

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has had a lot of downtime lately while on the IL, and he spent it coming to grips with his son’s new favorite player.

Buxton was activated by the Twins on Friday after over two months out with a broken finger. The outfielder said he spent a lot of his spare time watching baseball with his son. Like most kids, Buxton’s son has a favorite player — and it’s not his father.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Tatis Jr. is a favorite of a lot of kids, including those with All-Star dads.

Buxton has been incredibly hot when on the field in 2021, hitting .369 with 10 home runs in 110 plate appearances. If he can stay healthy and keep up that pace, maybe he still has a shot to supplant Tatis as his son’s favorite player.

Video: Fernando Tatis Jr. hits tying home run somehow past Chris Taylor

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Fernando Tatis Jr. turned the San Diego Padres-Los Angeles Dodgers game into the gift that keeps on giving.

The Padres and Dodgers entered extra innings on Wednesday night tied at 1. They remained tied until the top of the 15th, when the Dodgers scored two runs. First it was Billy McKinney with an RBI single to make it 2-1, and then Trea Turner delivered a run-scoring hit to make it 3-1.

Just when you thought the game might finally end, Tatis changed everything.

The Padres stud, who was previously 0-for-6 in the game with four strikeouts, took Corey Knebel deep to the opposite field. Oddly, it looked like Chris Taylor was tracking the ball for a catch but somehow missed it. The ball bounced over the wall for a tying 2-run home run.

Yes, and that’s how the game continued five hours after it began. Despite Tatis’ heroics, the Dodgers retook the lead in the top of the 16th.

The Padres are fighting to make the playoffs after looking like a lock for the postseason a month ago. This is the type of game they need.

Fernando Tatis Jr. ready to play outfield for Padres if asked

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr.’s injury issues appear to be enough to prompt the San Diego Padres to consider a temporary position change. Tatis sounds willing to embrace it, too.

The Padres have had Tatis working in the outfield as he works his way back from a shoulder issue, rather than his usual shortstop. On Wednesday, Tatis said he would “probably” play shortstop when he returns, but signaled his willingness to test himself in the outfield if that’s what the team wants him to do.

Tatis said he found the outfield “fun” and liked the thought of “being able to go full speed for a ball, show my speed.” He also said he believed he could avoid the sort of all-out play that could aggravate his shoulder issue once more before the season ends.

“I can hold myself accountable to not crash against the wall,” Tatis said, via Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “A couple other plays, I can hold myself. We’ll see.”

Tatis’ shoulder will require surgery, which he has been putting off in the hope of finishing the season. So far, he’s responded remarkably well to rehab. The Padres are considering the move to the outfield because they hope it would reduce the need for Tatis to dive aggressively for balls. Plus, moving him to the outfield would help alleviate the infield logjam the Padres have been dealing with since acquiring All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier at the trade deadline.