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Fernando Tatís

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Fernando Tatís
Tatís with the New York Mets in 2007
Third baseman
Born: (1975-01-01) January 1, 1975 (age 49)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 1997, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 2010, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.265
Home runs113
Runs batted in448
Career highlights and awards

Fernando Gabriel Tatís Medina Sr. (tah-TEESE; born January 1, 1975) is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman. Over his 11-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, Tatís played for the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets. He holds the major league record for runs batted in (RBI) in an inning, a feat that he achieved by hitting two grand slams in one inning during a game on April 23, 1999, becoming the only player in MLB history to do so.[1] His son,  Fernando Jr., plays for the San Diego Padres.

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Playing career

At the age of 17, Tatís was signed as an amateur free agent by Omar Minaya and the Texas Rangers on August 25, 1992. Tatís played his first game in Major League Baseball with the Rangers, at third base, almost five years later on July 26, 1997, and went on to play 60 games with the Rangers in his rookie season. At the trade deadline on July 31, 1998, the Rangers traded Tatís along with Darren Oliver and Mark Little to the St. Louis Cardinals for Royce Clayton and Todd Stottlemyre.[2]

Tatís had the best season of his career in 1999 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 34 home runs with 107 RBI and 21 stolen bases, with a .298 batting average. On April 23, 1999, Tatís made baseball history when he hit two grand slams in one inning.[3] He is the only batter in MLB history to accomplish this feat.[4] Tatís hit both of his grand slams against starting pitcher Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers. With these two grand slams, Tatís also set a Major League record with eight runs batted in during a single inning.[1]

After playing only 96 games for the Cardinals in 2000 because of an injury, Tatís was traded to the Montreal Expos along with Britt Reames for Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline. Tatís played just 208 games over three seasons with the Expos because of injuries.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays invited Tatís to spring training in 2004, but he did not make the team and was released. Tatís next did not play professional baseball for two seasons and resided in the Dominican Republic.

The Baltimore Orioles signed Tatís to a minor-league contract on November 25, 2005. He returned to baseball to raise money to build a church.[5] He played most of the season for the AAA baseball Ottawa Lynx, eventually playing in 28 games for the Orioles after being called up on July 21, 2006.[6]

In 2007, Tatís was invited to spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After being assigned to minor-league baseball camp, Tatís was granted his request to be released from his contract on March 14. Just nine days later, he signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets, and spent the 2007 season with its AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

On May 11, 2008, Tatís was called up from the Zephyrs to replace Ángel Pagán. Tatís had started playing outfield in the minor leagues to become a more versatile player.[7]

On May 28, Tatís hit a walk-off double against Justin Miller to defeat the Florida Marlins in the bottom of the 12th inning. This was Tatís's first career walk-off hit. Tatís played most of his time with the Mets in left field and right field because of injuries to usual starters Moisés Alou and Ryan Church.[8]

On September 16, 2008, Tatís separated his shoulder diving for a fly ball in a game against the Washington Nationals. The Mets team physician diagnosed the injury as a Grade III separation, a complete separation of the joint from the socket. Due to this, Tatís missed the rest of the 2008 regular season. Despite missing the end of the season, on October 23, 2008, Tatís received the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award for the National League.

Tatís with the New York Mets in 2009

Tatís was named to the Dominican Republic national baseball team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a replacement for Alex Rodriguez, who was injured.

Tatís played intermittently for the Mets in 2009 and 2010. His last Major League game was on July 4, 2010. He was also the latest New York Met to wear uniform number 17, which was taken out of circulation as a mark of respect for Keith Hernandez, who wore it for the Mets from 1983 to 1989.

On October 5, 2014, Tatís announced his retirement as a player. For his career, he batted .265 with 113 home runs and 448 RBI.

Post-playing career

In January 2018, the Boston Red Sox announced that Tatís had joined their minor league organization as manager of one of their two rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox teams.[9] He returned for the 2019 season,[10] but was no longer with the organization entering the 2020 season.[11]

Personal life

Tatís's father, Fernando Antonio Tatís, was also a professional baseball player. He was an infielder in the Houston Astros system from 1969 through 1978, reaching as high as Class AAA before retiring and moving on to coaching and scouting Houston's minor leaguers. The elder Tatís disappeared from Fernando's life when he was four years old. The two were not reunited until 1997 when the younger Tatís was a rookie with the Texas Rangers. Rangers scout Omar Minaya, whom Tatís described as a father figure, related the story of Tatís's search for his father to The New York Times national baseball writer Murray Chass. Chass wrote about the search[12] and that article led to the reunion of Tatís and his father.[13] His mother is Yudelca Tatís.[14]

Tatís' older son Fernando Tatís Jr. is a shortstop and outfielder for the San Diego Padres.[15] His younger son Elijah is a middle infielder playing in the Chicago White Sox farm system as of 2022.[16]

See also


  1. ^ a b "RBI Records / Runs Batted in Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Munn, Scott (August 10, 1998). "Rangers Finish Trade, Send Little to St. Louis". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: St. Louis Cardinals 12, Los Angeles Dodgers 5". Dodger Stadium: Retrosheet. April 23, 1999. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Eagle, Ed (March 8, 2018). "Two grand slams in a game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ DiComo, Anthony (July 28, 2008). "For want of a church, Tatis reborn". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  6. ^ "Orioles purchase contract of 3B Tatis from minors". SportsTicker. July 21, 2006. Retrieved August 13, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Hubbuch, Bart (May 11, 2008). "Santana gets OK to start vs. Yankees". New York Post. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "Marlins homer to take lead, but Tatis' double lifts Mets in 12th". Associated Press. May 28, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "Red Sox announce minor league field staffs for 2018". Major League Baseball. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Red Sox Announce Personnel Moves in Player Development and Minor League Field Staffs". Minor League Baseball. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Red Sox announce personnel moves in player development and Minor League field staffs". (Press release). Major League Baseball. January 16, 2020. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Chass, Murray (August 18, 1997). "Rangers' Tatis Searches for a Father He Barely Knew". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Chass, Murray (August 20, 1997). "Tatis Finally Hears, 'We Found Your Father'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Crothers, Tim (June 14, 1999). "In The Name Of The Father To find his Dad, Fernando Tatis Jr. Had to nake it to the big leagues". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  15. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (July 2, 2015). "Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "Elijah Tatis Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2021.

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