RUMOR: Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. drama was brewing for weeks before Manny Machado blowup
It appears the blowup between San Diego Padres stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado was a long time coming. Per Kevin Acee of The San Diego Tribune, Tatis Jr has been openly showing his displeasure with how badly the Padres have been playing which has left several veterans on the roster irritated.
“Multiple people inside the organization said the situation with Tatis has been building for weeks, as the 22-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated with the team’s postseason chances slipping away and his being unable to lift the Padres on his shoulders. He was talked to by a veteran player about his brooding on at least one occasion before Saturday.”
Tatis Jr is undoubtedly the face of the Padres franchise, hitting .285 with 39 homers and 92 RBI’s this season. Machado approached him on Saturday night and got into a heated argument after the youngster struck out and proceeded to argue the call.
Per Acee’s report, there’s also a feeling that manager Jayce Tingler doesn’t have a loud enough voice to squash these types of situations, which has left many believing they need a new figure in charge.
The Padres’ playoff aspirations are slowly slipping away. They’re now 3.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot in the National League and just got swept by St. Louis. San Diego is also just 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Injuries to several arms on their staff have definitely played a part, but there’s a huge lack of consistency for this team. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier to end the season, with matchups against the Giants on two occasions, the Braves, and the Dodgers.