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Fernando Tatis Jr. Testing Positive for PEDs Was a Very Padres Turn of Events

Superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 games for violating the league's PED policy and the Padres are again mired in Padres-ness.

The Padres’ most beloved young player will be out a few more games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is suspended 80 games, which means 48 games for the remainder of this season and 32 in 2023.

The goodwill of that Juan Soto trade certainly feels like a gnarly hangover as the San Diego Padres attempt to mount a wild card race without one of their better players.

Social media, as you would imagine, was abuzz.

Tatis has been out with a fractured left wrist but had recently played in a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio. It was clear that his return was near and the Padres were about to get back their star to slot in nicely with Soto and Manny Machado in the lineup.

The team that has gone all in more than a disgruntled Phil Helmuth has come up fairly empty in recent years (decades?).

Eric Hosmer, once signed for 8 years and $144 million, is now wearing a Red Sox uniform after being jettisoned. Formerly well-regarded James Shields initially signed for four years and $75 million, was eventually traded to acquire Tatis Jr. (Obviously still a great acquisition.)

This is a team that went after Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton in the name of going big.

They have placed higher than third just once since 2014, and that’s a second place finish in 2020.

The Padres’ statement was the quintessential “we’re not mad just disappointed” via ESPN.

"We were surprised and extremely disappointed to learn today that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and subsequently received an 80-game suspension without pay," the Padres said in a statement, via ESPN. "We fully support the Program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience."

Now we are robbed for a while longer of one of the game’s best and most captivating players. I think we’ve all learned from this. And that is the age-old wisdom, this is why we can’t have nice things.