Tom Krasovic: Comparing Fernando Tatis Jr. to LeBron James is bold but not outrageous

When the Padres guaranteed $340 million last month to Fernando Tatis Jr., in return for getting 10 additional years of contractual control beyond the four they already had, they compared their 22-year-old shortstop to a basketball king. “He’s the LeBron James of shortstops,” a Padres official said in a text message to a reporter for The Athletic. “Can’t find guys like this.” It was a bold comparison but not an outrageous one, despite the profound differences between baseball and basketball. James and Tatis both achieved quick stardom in their respective sports leagues. Courted by corporate Ame…

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