The names Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Wayne Gretzky were used in reference to a question about superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on Thursday morning, hours after news spread about his mega-extension with the San Diego Padres.
Manager Jayce Tingler welcomed it.
"That's a definite," Tingler said. "I think the talent is undeniable. The more you're around him, the organization, the scouts, the minor league guys, the major league coaches, his teammates -- it's just a consistent theme. His drive to win, his drive to improve.
"You look up and he's videoing the Dominican, he's still wanting to play ball, he's working. He knows that there's areas that he wants to attack and he continues to attack and work on, and those are some of the things that some of the guys you mentioned, whether it's Jordan watching 'The Last Dance' and things like that -- there's hopefully some very common themes there."
The 22-year-old Tatis agreed to a 14-year, $340 million extension with the Padres that has yet to be finalized, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. It's the third-biggest deal in baseball history behind Mike Trout ($426.5 million) and Mookie Betts ($365 million), and it will be worth nearly $200 million more than the previous record for a deal executed before a player's first year of arbitration, previously attained by Trout.