After being called a nearly incorrigible jerk even by his own managing director, Fernando Tatis The Younger is now entering a whole new phase in his career – as The Guy Who Makes You Wonder If Sometimes Talent Isn’t Enough.
Don’t worry about him, though. The answer will inevitably be yes, because I’m the guy who can change it. There isn’t a living GM who doesn’t live in complete assurance that he alone has the power to quell the bizarre demons that live inside top players. AJ Preller, the man who got permission to sign The Second Tatis to a 14-year, $340million deal last year, spoke out yesterday as if he would have taken $60 and two A-pitchers down to get rid of it, but we all know better. They’re attached to the front, because that’s where the headaches start, and to the back pocket, because that’s where the money goes.
But for one night, Preller was able to indulge his fury because no one else was going to defend his star player, not after stacking a regimen of steroids at the peak of an off season Moped accident. Everyone’s on the same page here – Tatis has a bad case of anal-cranial inversion, and no typed apology containing unnecessary ringworm slander changes that.
“It’s his story,” Preller said Friday night in a hallway outside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park, speak San Diego Union-Tribune. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it yet. . . . I think the most important thing just from our perspective, just from (MLB’s) perspective, there is a drug policy in place. He failed the drug test, and eventually he gets suspended, he can’t play, and that’s the biggest problem. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that they respect this. He wasn’t, and ultimately we’re in favor of that.
And . . .
It’s very disappointing. He is someone who, from an organizational point of view, we have invested time and money in, and when he is on the pitch, he makes the difference. . . . And I think we (hoped) that from the offseason to now there would be some maturity, and obviously with the news today it’s more of a pattern and something that we need to dig a little bit more. I’m sure he’s very disappointed, but in the end it’s one thing to say. You have to start by showing it with your actions.
And . . .
We’ll start digging into the shoulder and the wrist. We’re going to look into that a bit more now because we’ll have more time to have conversations there. And yes, I think we have to come to a time where we trust each other. In the last six or seven months, I think that’s something we haven’t really been able to have there. Obviously, he’s a great talent. He is a guy with whom we have a lot of history and in whom we believe. But these things only work when there is trust both ways. And I think that’s going to be something that we’ll have a lot of conversation and time to talk about with Fernando, and that’s something that, clearly, if we’re going to have a partnership and a real relationship, we have to make sure that it’s strong.
In summary, Preller said without saying it: “What an asshole.” He will sign more than a billion Americans on three players (Tatis, Manny Machado and his 300 million dollars and John Soto and its $450 million north), and the second of three was a source of zero home runs and a constant stomach ache.
But Preller will come back to Tatis because he has to and because his ego demands it. There’s not a single CEO who would do otherwise, because when you’re out for a third of a billion of your boss’s money, you won’t leave any wiggle room to make that boss think you’re giving up on the job. investment. Preller must believe even if it seems clear that he does not at all.
Here, however, is the other part of the ego’s investment. Preller must also believe he is such a hypnotic presence that if owner Peter Seidler asks the musical question “Can you get rid of this guy?” Ng trying to save the Miami Marlins from their inherent Marlinhood) by taking Tatis and his mega-salary. It would be worth the video of him hearing ridiculous skirmishes until he sticks his head in a desk drawer and slams it until he stops crying and then keeps trying because he knows that all of his peers have the same disease… “I can change him, because I’m special and I can see inside his soul.”
It’s the same hubris that makes NBA GMs covet Kyrie Irving, and NFL GMs envy Antonio Brown, and MLB GMs play with Trevor Bauer. And let’s not forget Jimmy Haslam and Deshaun Watson, because he’s the new leader of the ICCH club house. It’s an affliction as old as money itself, and it usually ends the same way – with a CEO walking out of the office with a cardboard box full of memories and reminders of what happens when belief in the power to persuade trumps meaning. Fernando Tatis is only half the story here, because AJ Preller is the other half, and if you have to bet on who ends up looking silly, the smart game is to take them both on. Tatis has a big lead early on, but it’s a game that’s only just begun.