“One pair of dirty scissors can ruin an entire career”- Fernando Tatis Jr. accused of steroids, suspended for 80 games


“One pair of dirty scissors can ruin an entire career”- Fernando Tatis Jr. accused of steroids, suspended for 80 games

Fernando Tatis Jr. accused of steroids

Due to a failed drug test, Fernando Tatis Jr. will miss all of the 2022 season, including the playoffs, and a portion of the 2023 season as well. The shortstop for the Padres won’t step foot on a baseball field until 2023. The Padres shortstop claimed that a ringworm medicine that included an illegal ingredient was the cause of the failed test, while Fernando Tatis Sr., the father, and a former MLB player, offered another explanation: a mold brought on by a haircut.

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“What involves him is a steroid that contains a spray called trofobol… He got a fungus due to a haircut. His mistake was not reading what it contains, which is what apparently makes him guilty of something totally unknown.” Says Fernando Tatis Sr. It was a mistake that could have been handled differently, destroying the image of a player for such a small thing, for a situation like this. Is it a catastrophe not just for Tatis Jr, but for all baseball? There’s millions of fans that will stop watching baseball. All of this has happened because of something that is not worth this issue. This is something for the skin, that’s something that’s not performance enhancing and has no testosterone. It has nothing to help you improve in the game.”

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Is Fernando Tatis JR. guilty of steroids or what is an accident?

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr.

Clostebol, a synthetic version of the muscle-building steroid that the body naturally generates in greater quantities in males than in women, is the active ingredient in the spray known as trofobol. Tatis tested positive for the prohibited chemical, but it is not as potent as some other steroids.

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The then-undetectable anabolic steroid Oral Turinabol was developed by East Germany’s state-sponsored doping program in the 1960s and 1970s. It was combined with another substance to produce the country’s athletes, some of whom set world records that have yet to be broken. While less effective than testosterone, injectable clostebol has the same muscle-building effects without causing the estrogen accumulation that would negate those effects.

Knowing this makes Tatis Sr’s story if nothing else, look a little suspect. Tatis will have missed the full 2022 season as a result of his rehabilitation from a wrist injury, which he was recovering from. Many Padres were disappointed by the suspension, including teammates and general manager A.J. Preller. Tatis could have unknowingly taken a prohibited drug to treat a fungus brought on by a haircut, but that scenario appears improbable.

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