San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is quickly becoming one of the young faces of Major League Baseball.
After a dazzling rookie season in Southern California, Tatis has opened the truncated 2020 campaign on fire. He’s also drawn the ire of traditionalists around the baseball world after his antics earlier this week against the Rangers. Others have backed the young man.
The youngster’s tremendous start to the 2020 season continued Wednesday evening against the Texas Rangers and starter Lance Lynn.
Check out this homer Tatis hit to bring his season total up to 12 through fewer than 26 full games.
Fernando. Tatis. Is. A. Video. Game. pic.twitter.com/M8RIwU7C8p— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) August 20, 2020
This is just absurd. It appears that there’s not a thing the 21-year-old MVP candidate can’t do. In addition to hitting a league-high 11 homers entering Wednesday’s action, Tatis also led the league with 28 RBI and six stolen bases.
Not only did Tatis hit another homer, he trolled the Rangers with a crybaby celebration after heading to the dugout.
YO Tatis and Profar celebrating the HR with the cry baby faces pic.twitter.com/aIoptAf3B0— Alex Coastal Card Collector (@coastalcardcoll) August 20, 2020
That was among the many reactions to what we saw Wednesday evening.
Before everyone continues dunking on the White Sox for the James Shields/Fernando Tatis trade, here is @mlbtraderumors' poll of how people thought it went at the time. Hindsight is a lot easier: https://t.co/ZfrWGWjx2g pic.twitter.com/nwv1ejWddQ— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) August 20, 2020
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s 12 home runs are the most by any 21-year-old in his team's 1st 26 games of a season in the Modern Era (since 1900).— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 20, 2020
1929 Mel Ott is 2nd on that list with 10. https://t.co/2DcsiYaVCb
Fernando Tatis Jr. is on a 162-game pace of:— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) August 20, 2020
• 75 HR
• 199 HITS
• 180 RBI
• 150 R
• 37 SB
• 10.6 WAR pic.twitter.com/NmcEZRHkpR
Everybody keeps saying Tatis is an exciting player to watch- every time I watch, he takes a swing, loses a baseball and then has to go back to the dugout. Pretty boring really— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) August 20, 2020
FERNANDO TATIS JR. THE FACE OF BASEBALL HAS DONE IT AGAIN!! pic.twitter.com/KRvD4MO5aE— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 20, 2020