On August 17th, in a game between the San Diego Padres and the Texas Rangers got a little interesting and controversial. The Padres were up 10-3 and Fernando Tatis Jr. was up with bases loaded on a 3-0 count. Tatis Jr. was told not to swing and just take the walk. However, Tatis Jr. still swung and clobbered the ball for a grand slam.
Many MLB fans and analysts have called out Tatis and the Padres for being selfish and not showing good sportsmanship. The Texas Rangers said that it is an “unwritten rule” that you should not swing at a pitch 3-0 and that teams should not be running up the score especially in the later innings when the game is almost over.
In my opinion, I think Tatis handled the situation the same way I would have. Your job as an MLB hitter is to hit the ball the best to your ability and boost your stats. Tatis did what he is paid to do and hit a home run which boosts his batting average, RBI’s, and other statistics. I would always try to hit to the best of my ability no matter what the score is.