Watch Now: Fernando Tatis Jr. vs Baseball’s Unwritten Rules (3:15)
Yes.
Major League Baseball is back. There is still a global pandemic to navigate, but the 60-game regular season is well underway and the Aug. 31 trade deadline is right around the corner. Hopefully the season can be completed safely and a World Series champion can be crowned.

Was Tatis wrong to swing 3-0 with the bases loaded and a seven-run lead?  

Swinging 3-0 up seven runs? That’s cool with our staff. USATSI

In the age of MLB promoting their ‘let the kids play’ campaign — reinforced by the Kid himself, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.  — why is it that there are still people directly involved in the sport getting mad? Let’s hope this is the last time we spend this much energy turning something fun and exciting into a discussion about nonexistent rules.
Throughout the season my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes and I will bring you a weekly roundtable breaking down, well, pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we looked at the six franchises still searching for their first World Series title. This week we’re going to tackle the Fernando Tatis Jr. grand slam controversy. Yes.
And wait, didn’t you just say that every at-bat means more this year?
Mike Axisa: No. Come on, this is ridiculous, and I’m heartened so many players came to Tatis’ defense. This is the big leagues. If you don’t want the other team to let it eat when you’re getting blown out, don’t get blown out. It really is that simple. The Padres blew a 10-run lead four years ago. The Rangers ran up the score on the Orioles a decade ago. Play until the game is over, and if Woodward finds it offensive the other team is still playing hard late in a blowout, he is free to pull his players off the field and forfeit. He obviously had no confidence his team could come back. And good on MLB for suspending Woodward and Ian Gibaut for throwing at the next batter, the baseball equivalent of a toddler throwing his plate on the floor because he doesn’t want to eat his vegetables, except much more dangerous. No one is tuning in to watch Fernando Tatis Jr. take a 3-0 pitch. Let the kids play, huh? Maybe complain about something other than a superstar doing superstar things next time. OK, first things first. There’s this incredibly talented player in baseball right now, and he’s just 21-years-old. His name is Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s currently battling it out against some of baseball’s biggest stars for top spot in the home run leaderboard. This 60-game season, due to the coronavirus, is much shorter than the normal 162-game schedule so every at-bat and every game means more. Tatis plays for the San Diego Padres, an upstart club looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2006. In a game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night, with the Padres holding a seven-run lead, Tatis hit a grand slam in the eighth inning with one out.
Yes, it was indeed awesome. But his own manager and the opposing team’s manager got annoyed and shared their frustrations publicly because he should have “shown some respect” and taken the pitch instead of swinging. It was a 3-0 count meaning Tatis had the advantage.
Yes, it was indeed awesome. But his own manager and the opposing team’s manager got annoyed and shared their frustrations publicly because he should have “shown some respect” and taken the pitch instead of swinging. It was a 3-0 count meaning Tatis had the advantage.
Yes, it was indeed awesome. But his own manager and the opposing team’s manager got annoyed and shared their frustrations publicly because he should have “shown some respect” and taken the pitch instead of swinging. It was a 3-0 count meaning Tatis had the advantage.
Yes, it was indeed awesome. But his own manager and the opposing team’s manager got annoyed and shared their frustrations publicly because he should have “shown some respect” and taken the pitch instead of swinging. It was a 3-0 count meaning Tatis had the advantage.
Yes, it was indeed awesome. But his own manager and the opposing team’s manager got annoyed and shared their frustrations publicly because he should have “shown some respect” and taken the pitch instead of swinging. It was a 3-0 count meaning Tatis had the advantage.
No.
Isn’t it the pitchers’ job to get the batter out? No matter how challenging the matchup may be?
Wait, is there a mercy rule in baseball?
What makes the game of baseball so great is that each team has to get 27 outs to finish a game. There’s no way around it. Batters are going to keep swinging until the final out is recorded no matter the score. And that’s why people watch baseball; it’s exciting to always be reminded that anything could happen. Dayn Perry: Yeah, this is an extremely stupid controversy. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with what Tatis did. These are professionals — the best players in the world — and at that level there’s simply no such thing as “running up the score” or whatever the underpinnings of this are supposed to be. Show some toughness and fortitude and get the batter out or accept the results of not being able to do that. These aren’t eight-year-olds. The Rangers and Chris Woodward should be completely embarrassed by their laughably weak response to a guy doing what he’s paid to do. Also, shame on Jayce Tingler for not backing up his guy in this situation. If the opposing manager is acting like a child, and Woodward absolutely was, then you call your counterpart out. It’s telling that legions of current even old-school retired players have expressed support of Tatis. Woodward needs to do better or let someone else have his job. 
Katherine Acquavella: *Insert extremely dramatic eye roll that my mother would most definitely disapprove of here*
Wait, didn’t you say the bases were loaded? Wouldn’t someone have probably scored at least one run before the inning was over anyways?
This is a total crock.  Oh, by the way, the Padres had lost five in a row and their bullpen ERA is 6.19. I’m bewildered that Tingler seemingly did not want his team to tack on. 
Isn’t it also fun for players to hit home runs?