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Melky Cabrera suspended for 50 games for positive testosterone test

Aug 15, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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Big, big news out of San Francisco that could have major playoff implications: Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test.

That knocks him out for the rest of the season — the Giants only have 45 games left — and presumably the postseason. Though I’ll check to see whether suspensions can be counted off with postseason games. If they can. He’d be available for a theoretical NLCS.

Oh, and it appears that Melky lied to Andrew Baggarly of about it too, so that’s fun.

Cabrera is hitting .346/.390/.516 on the year and, until Buster Posey‘s hot streak of late, was the Giants’ offensive MVP for most of the season.  Now … he’s gone.  And it hurts not just the Giants: Cabrera will be a free agent after the season is over, and now his free agent money drive is all gone.

UPDATE: Cabrera just made a statement and he made no excuses:

 “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”

Wow. Can’t remember many violators who actually owned up without caveat.

132 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ThisIsBaseball - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Damn. I was really starting to like him, too.

    • ThisIsBaseball - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Now I hope, in his obligatory apology, he explicitly apologizes to Baggarly.

      • wendell7 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        “I jus wan to tank de fan”

    • sarcasticks - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Melky Cabrera has had an incredible last two years. Significantly better than his previous career numbers. The question I ask is, why wasn’t he caught sooner? Obviously I have no evidence of anything, but in light of recent news, it is likely he has been cheating with testosterone. It’s logical to assume that his uptick in performance is a result of that. So, he has likely been cheating for two years or so. And he has only just been caught?

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Seriously? Are we still laboring under the delusion that simply taking testosterone turns what Cabrera was before into what he’s been the last 2 years? Because if so, you need to find a way to explain why over 1/2 the players from 1990-2005 didn’t average a .950 OPS.

    • mattyflex - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Well, it’s a good thing Kansas City was able to melk something out of him before he got busted.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        Paperlions DUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHH could it be that 50% of the players didn’t take drugs?

  2. youjivinmeturkey - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    😦 Double Damn.

  3. afirst916 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I guess where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  4. pinkfloydprism - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Must have been the courier’s fault?

    • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Leave Braun Alone!

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Leave him alone??? That was what got him off!

        BTW, what ever happened to Braun’s “OJ-esque” tireless search for the real truth?

      • kkolchak - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        He buried next to Nicole Brown.

      • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        I’m going to do a “Canseco-esque” time travel forward, and then come back and decide there’s no reasoning with folks that make immediate comparisons between Ryan Braun and OJ Simpson.

      • shaggytoodle - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        @delaware actually what got him off was being able to reproduce the same results at his hearing. Thats why it took two days, they followed the recipe and showed how the results turned out the way they did.

        That is part of the reason I believe the arb. sided with Braun, unfortunetly there are tons of questions that we won’t get the answers atleast for now. I still have questions I would love to know answers,. but personally I don’t believe Braun was trying to cheat the game.

        Was he taking medication for something that was an actual condition, that helped trigger it possibly, but he has had another great season this far of production.

        Braun also doesn’t owe you or I an explanation for anything as much as we would like, reguarding it, he explained it to the Brewers and they deserved one.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        @shaggy – what on earth are you talking about? He cleared because of “chain of custody issues” with how his sample was sent to the lab, i.e. the courier! Sheesh, even Craiug would agree with that

        As for owing me an explanation, I never said he did owe me one. I was pointing out his own words – that he would work to clear his name.

      • shaggytoodle - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        You are right on chain of custody being the reason that the media and people refer to that when talking about it. Do you really think that if he just screameed chain of custody he wouldnt be suspended.because it sat around and they knew it were able to duplicate the results by having it sit around Read will carrols article on it.

  5. mavajo - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Good. Always love it when things come back around like they should. Guy was being a total prick in Atlanta earlier this year.

  6. pinkfloydprism - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Too bad that arbitrator got fired… he can’t Braun this one now.

  7. etchedchaos - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Now we know how he went from average to all-star.

  8. mianfr - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    How dumb can you be at this point?

    “Yeah, I’m sure they won’t test me. People go from being terrible/mediocre to MVP level all the time. It won’t raise any red flags.”

  9. dodgersx1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    That’s what you pumpkin fans get

  10. surefooted1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Quick Melky! Call Ryan Braun’s attorney!

  11. voteforno6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I guess this is what people were talking about when they said that he decided to dedicate himself to becoming a better player.

  12. Panda Claus - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Should they replay the All-Star game now? It’s more of a hypothetical, but now that game could be tainted because of something like this. Had the game only been a 5-4 NL victory off the power of the Melky HR, there could be cause to play it again, Craig.

    Tough break for the Giants and for Cabrera’s next contract. Somebody will still pay him, though it won’t be as much as he could’ve had.

  13. mattyflex - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I see this happening to Josh Reddick shortly.

  14. dexterismyhero - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    nice job Melky…………….fool……

  15. xmatt0926x - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Unreal. How many millions has he just cost himself? I guess you give him some credit for not going with the “I don’t know how that substance got into my body!!” route.

  16. mungman69 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM


  17. danandcasey - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    459 ABs on the year. It really would have been embarrassing for MLB if he had 502 ABs and qualified for the year-end batting title.

    • ktgooch - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      i thought it was 502 plate appearances?

      • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        It is, and Cabrera has 501 of them!

      • danandcasey - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Sorry if I was not clear. It does take 502 ABs to qualify for the year-end batting title. Melky has only 459 ABs, so he will not qualify. I was commenting that, if he had 50 more ABs and did qualify and McCutchen fell off slightly, Melky could have won the batting title, which would have been embarrassing for MLB.

      • thefalcon123 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        It is 502 PA. Cabrera has 501. That means for rate states, the last PA is added on as if it were an out.

        For the purposes of leaderboards, Cabrera qualifies at .346/.388/.515

        So, he will absolutely rank among the top in batting average and has a shot at the batting title.

      • danandcasey - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Sorry again – my mistake. It is plate appearances, not ABs.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        A technicality – I know – but there is no fixed number for winning the title. It is 3.1 PA’s per game that your team plays, and even that has an asterix. If your team plays all 162, then yes, you need 502. But if your team has a rain out (or two) that is not made up, then you need fewer.

        But back to the asterix – MLB rules do allow you to add to your AB number if you fall short. So if a player had 498 PA’s in a 162 game seasons, and was 140 hits in 400 AB (and 98 walks), his average would be .350. If adding 4 hitless AB’s to the totals still mean he won the crown (at .346 instead of .350), then that batter wins the title.

      • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Exactly. However, it’s still interesting. When Mauer missed the first month of 2009, and then went on a tear, he was officially credited with being the batting title leader toward the end of the year despite not having enough PAs to qualify. The reasoning was that, if Mauer went 0-for-as-many-PAs-as-he-needed-to-qualify, he would still be the leader.

        He ended up finishing with more than 502, but if Cabrera finishes more than a point above the next guy, they’d either be using a double standard or the suspension as the reason to keep the award from him.

      • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Beaten to it!

  18. chc4 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    This explains sooo much.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      danandcasey why would it have been embarassing? How many records were broken and games won by these drug induced cheaters that are already on the record books? There has not been one player, manager, coach, or owner who has said that it is embarrassing. THIS IS BIG BUSINESS! If they can cheat they will. If GM can substitute an inferior part, they will. If a candy company can use a cheaper ingredient they will. If farmers need to inject animals with drugs to protect them against disease they will all to make more money. So why should professional sports be left out of the mix?
      IT IS BIG BUSINESS! Let they shoot themselves up and you can watch some athlete hit 100 home runs and another pitch 3 perfect games in a season. That is what all these connivers wanted to show the public. I say make them all shoot up and charge $1000 a ticket and $500 a month to watch these drug induced idiots play juice ball.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        And don’t forget that China, Russia and a lot of other countries are hard at work developing performance enhancing drugs that CANNOT be detected and other methods to cheat. More than likely some athletes are already experimenting with those drugs now.

        If the drug pushers are pouring millions into synthetic non detectable LEGAL narcotics, that so far are not known and thus not yet declared illegal, then definitely, with the staggering return on investment, illegal performance enhancing drugs are being developed and used now with the consent of all professional sports. Hell Penn State Football program was grossing what? $300,000,000 and the cream was $60,000,000 according to the fine?

  19. napoleonblownapart6887 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I respect him owning up to it. Beyond that I have nothing to say on the matter.

  20. mlp3180 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    And yet, the Royals are still the losers of the Sanchez/Cabrera trade.

    • geoknows - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Not so sure. A month ago the Royals had traded an All Star MVP for Jonathan Sanchez. Now they’ve trading a cheating PED user for Jeremy Guthrie. That’s not too bad.

      • mattyflex - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Don’t forget Ryan Verdugo who came from San Fran in the trade. If he ever develops. Okay probably forget Ryan Verdugo.

      • - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Guthrie is coming off two awesome starts, Sanchez is still Sanchez, and Cabrera is suspended for the rest of his Giants contract. Today is the best this trade has looked, we’ll see if it holds up going forward.

      • Steve A - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Someone’s been reading Rany Jazayerli’s Twitter feed.

        Rany Jazayerli
        ‏@jazayerli 54m A month ago, Dayton had traded the All-Star MVP for Jonathan Sanchez. Now he’s traded a PED user for Jeremy Guthrie. That’s a good month.

        2:58 PM – 15 Aug 12 via web

  21. crisisjunky - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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  22. siouxyaya17 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM


  23. nobody78 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Hm. It makes you wonder whether maybe those performance-enchancing drugs actually do enhance performance.

    • jeffrp - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Of course they do.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:37 PM


      • Alex K - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Who needs a link or proof, paper? We have wild speculation and shotty circumstantial evidence that work just fine!

      • bigxrob - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

  24. jhorton83 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Ouch. This hurts the Giants bad. And it obviously taints everything he’s accomplished so far this season. Who knows if he’s going to even be the same player when he comes back sans PEDs. In a lot of ways, it’s also going to up the suspicion on other players that suddenly have a career years out of the blue.

  25. danandcasey - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    At least Melky helped the NL secure home field advantage for the WS before he was detected!

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