Fernando Tatis Jr., who has turned into a potent offensive threat, was already on fans’ radar before his August grand slam on a 3-0 count spiked his popularity.
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Fernando Tatis Jr. shook up more than unwritten baseball rules last month when he slammed a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning over the right-field fence to give his San Diego Padres an 11-run lead over the Texas Rangers.
The controversial grand slam on Aug. 17 — both of the managers involved in the Padres’ eventual 14-4 win took issue with Tatis missing a take sign — didn’t just put the Dominican shortstop on the map. It also instantly vaulted Tatis, 21, and his trademark golden dreadlocks squarely into the conversation about which young star should carry the torch for MLB’s next generation.
With both the baseball postseason and Hispanic Heritage Month underway, ESPN found the timing ideal to tackle one of the bigger debates among one section of baseball’s fandom: Which of today’s superstar candidates is most worthy of being labeled the current Face of Latino Baseball?
Our friends at ESPN Deportes and FiveThirtyEight devised a formula — which is explained here