SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) – The San Diego Padres have canceled the Fernando Tatis Jr. doll giveaway and will give fans Juan Soto jerseys instead.
The decision on Tuesday came four days after Tatis was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug.
The 23-year-old star shortstop, considered one of the most talented youngsters in the Majors, was due to return to the Padres after missing the start of the season with a broken wrist.
The delivery of the bobbleheads with the image of Tatis was scheduled for 7 September, when it was expected that the Dominican had already returned with the team.
Instead, the Padres will hand out Citi Connect jerseys featuring Soto’s last name and number 22 to fans prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The club announced the change in decision on Tuesday.
Soto, also a 23-year-old Dominican, is one of the most famous young faces in the Major Leagues. Through one of the main trades agreed to on this campaign, the Padres acquired them from the Washington Nationals.
The City Connect jerseys that the Padres wear at home on Friday nights feature vibrant colors that try to celebrate the binational culture of San Diego and Tijuana.
The Office of Major League Baseball revealed that Tatis had tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Quisqueyan assures that he has taken a medicine to combat herpes, and this medicine contains a prohibited substance.
Several teammates criticized Tatis following Friday’s announcement, including pitcher Mike Clevinger, who said he was “disappointed” and hoped the shortstop realized “there are things more important than himself now.” “