Parents cancel distribution of Tatis dolls, will give Soto shirts

The San Diego Padres have canceled the delivery of dolls with the image of Fernando Tatis Jr. and will instead give away Juan Soto jerseys to fans.

The decision came Tuesday, four days after Tatis was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The 23-year-old star shortstop, considered one of the brightest youngsters in the majors, was about to return to the Padres after missing the season early with a broken wrist.

The delivery of the bobbleheads with the image of Tatis was scheduled for September 7, when it was expected that the Dominican had already returned with the team.

Instead, the Padres will hand out City Connect jerseys, featuring Soto’s last name and number 22, to fans before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The club announced the change in decision on Tuesday.

Soto, also a 23-year-old Dominican, is one of the best-known young faces in the Major Leagues. The Padres acquired him from the Washington Nationals, through one of the main trades agreed on this campaign.

The City Connect jerseys, which the Padres wear at home on Friday nights, feature vibrant colors that seek to celebrate the binational culture of San Diego and Tijuana.

Major League Baseball’s office revealed that Tatis had tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid. The Quisqueyan assured that he had taken a medicine to combat ringworm, and that this drug contained the prohibited substance.

Several teammates have criticized Tatis after Friday’s announcement, including pitcher Mike Clevinger, who said he was “disappointed” and hoped the shortstop realized “there are things more important than himself now.”

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