Fernando Tatis Sr. Blasts MLB For The "Catastrophe" They Created

Former major leaguer Fernando Tatis Sr., more famously the father of his superstar son, has blasted major league baseball for its handling of the suspension of Tatis Jr., saying they turned what was really "such a small thing" into a "catastrophe."

"It was a mistake that could have been handled differently," said Tatis Sr., "destroy(ing) the image of a player for such a small thing, for a situation like this. Is a catastrophe not just for Tatis Jr, but for all baseball. There’s millions of fans that will stop watching baseball." 

Yikes. Strong words from the former 11-year veteran who retired after the 2010 season. 

He continued, by noting how minor of a substance his son tested positive for.

"All of this has happened because of something that is not worth this issue. This is something for the skin, that’s something that’s not performance enhancing and has no testosterone. It has nothing to help you improve in the game."

Tatis Jr. was suspended by 80 games, including playoffs, for testing positive for the banned substance Clostebol, and will not be eligible to return to the San Diego Padres until sometime around May of next season.

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