SAN DIEGO — Padres All-Stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. stood subsequent to one another and stated it is all good between them after their weekend shouting match within the dugout throughout a season that has been spiraling uncontrolled.
Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis through the face-to-face confrontation on the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday evening. Machado, 29, and Tatis, 22, had been separated by teammates earlier than taking their defensive positions on the sector.
The dustup got here after Tatis struck out wanting after which argued the decision by umpire Phil Cuzzi. Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler was ejected when he got here out to argue on Tatis’ behalf.
Machado could possibly be heard saying, “It is not about you,” as teammate Adam Frazier and a Padres coach ushered Tatis away from the indignant third baseman.
The Padres blew a 2-Zero lead in Saturday evening’s 3-2 loss and had been swept within the three-game collection, going 2-Eight on a visit that significantly broken their hopes of returning to the postseason.
Earlier than Tuesday evening’s residence recreation towards the Nationwide League West-leading San Francisco Giants, Machado known as Tatis “my little brother” and added that “we’re all the time going to be collectively it doesn’t matter what. We have got numerous years right here collectively shifting ahead. That is executed and stated. He is received to go. We have got to go as a workforce, as effectively. That is what we will attempt to attain within the subsequent 13 days.”
The Padres had a one-game lead for the second wild-card spot on Sept. 9. They then had been swept in three video games on the Los Angeles Dodgers, cut up a four-game collection at San Francisco, misplaced three straight in St. Louis — and lost 6-5 to the Giants on Tuesday evening.
Requested his tackle what occurred Saturday evening, Tatis stated: “It occurred, it is a part of baseball, it is a half this recreation brings out, particularly when good gamers are attempting to win and stuff will not be going our means. On the finish of the day, I am glad it occurred. I really feel like that brings us stronger, if you go inside and speak about it and also you analyze it and also you simply come collectively.”
Machado, who has a 10-year, $300 million contract, did a lot of the speaking through the impromptu, three-minute availability with the media after batting apply. Towards the top, when Machado stored repeating that the Padres merely wanted to win baseball video games, Tatis, who has a 14-year, $340 million contract, lined his face together with his glove and seemed to be laughing.
Speaking concerning the incident, Machado stated it was “unlucky it occurred contained in the dugout in a vital state of affairs for us as a workforce. We have additionally received to apologize to the followers for having the ability to see that. We dealt with it internally as a workforce.”
The Padres have struggled because the commerce deadline, after they failed so as to add beginning pitching. Their rotation has been hit exhausting by accidents, and on Tuesday, they designated right-hander Jake Arrieta for project. Arrieta, 35, went 0-Three with a 10.95 ERA in 4 begins after being signed by San Diego following his launch by the Chicago Cubs. He left Sunday’s begin in St. Louis with a groin damage after getting only one out. The Padres reinstated reliever Javy Guerra from the 60-day injured record in a corresponding transfer.
Their offense additionally has gone lacking at occasions throughout seemingly uninspired stretches, leaving them wanting the other of the fun-loving workforce that was enjoying with swagger early within the season.
“We are the leaders of this group, of this workforce, so with the stress of making an attempt to win, the feelings that undergo every part, we have got Fernando over right here who’s about to win the MVP, we have got a workforce that is making an attempt to compete and get to the World Sequence, we have not been enjoying so nice baseball, so feelings get entangled and it will get the higher of us always,” stated Machado, who went on to homer twice in Tuesday evening’s loss. “These are conditions we study as leaders, as a workforce, as a corporation, and we simply get higher from that.”
Machado stated they had been placing the dugout scrap to relaxation for good.
“We’re right here to remove the distractions from the workforce,” he stated. “We have got greater fish to fry. We have got greater issues to be worrying about now than to be worrying about one thing that is not an enormous deal. We’ll go on the market and play baseball. We have got 13 extra video games left. We have got to attempt to win all of them to get to the place we wish to be.”
The Padres ended a 13-year playoff drought through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and beat the Cardinals within the wild-card spherical, earlier than being swept within the division collection by the eventual World Sequence champion Dodgers.
Whereas Tatis has led the dialog for NL MVP, he has had an up-and-down season, even being moved from shortstop — the place he began the All-Star Recreation — to the outfield resulting from a recurring left shoulder damage. He has been again at shortstop lately after fellow All-Star Jake Cronenworth broke a finger, however Tatis was again in middle discipline on Sunday and dedicated a brutal error that led to a five-run first inning in St. Louis’ 8-7 win.
The Related Press contributed to this report.