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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. jericoc - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Maybe Ryan Braun will show up to explain to us that this is all just an elaborate smear campaign against The Melk Man …

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      There it is a simple explanation. Cabrera used drugs to up his stats so that when he went on the free market his value would have increased tremendously and he would have gotten a tremendous contract.

      No one has to wonder why home runs and rbis are down from the drug era and no on has to wonder why Rodriguez is hitting 50 points below the drug era stats. It was all done for money. Had baseball instituted mandatory drug testing ala the Olympics then the public would have saved billions on paying for tickets to see drug induced athletes. Hell even the federal government is cracking down on drug treated animals we eat.

    • petesdragon - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM


      I for one am not at all surprised. Cheating has become the rule rather than the exception. Big Mac and Palmero proved you can get away with it without impunity. Oh and let’s not forget these cheating primadonnas have the nerve to go on stike too. My love of the game is ever so slowly disappearing.

  2. bigleagues - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I’m just awaiting the same fate for Carlos Ruiz. Pure speculation on my part . . .

  3. spudatx - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I didn’t know “re-dedicating myself to the game” meant “I’m realistic that I’m not that great, so I’m going to cheat”. Huh…

  4. rmcintyre003 - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    well, with all that has been said, me being a true cards fan for forty plus years,( sorry for this to be a running confo), they should have to drop all the games that they won and lost ( just to be fair),. how long has he done this, hmmmmm,we dont know., this is why women, men and most certainly our children think that ALL SPORTS ARE RIGGED. give me and our precious past time, ( laugh the f*#k out loud) is rigged. if this was roger goodallmightydell, from the nfl he would be punished for, hell who knows how long. he knew he was cheating,you me and all the kids know it too. put him in a nomans land for two years. our children are watching this mlb ( FIGURE), these kids think THEY CAN DO THIS ALSO. we pay 50 -100$ for a good seat to watch some drug frenzy arswipe to play ball and show these kids this is what it takes to make it to the pro level. hell i want my money back when i took my family towatch drug using mac break the all time homerun record. mlb, nfl, and the sorry @#$ nba need to make ALL the players take drug test before each and every single game and make these cheating ( SO CALLED PROS) pay for the test.this has really gotten my goat. screw pro sports. OUR CHILDREN WANT TO BE SOMEBODY SPECIAL, so let teach them how to freakin cheat. I HOPE YOUR MOTHER IS PROUD OF YOU, you cheating piece of s$#t

    • drewsylvania - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      You’re a true something, I’ll give you that.

    • Alex K - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      If this was the NFL he would have been suspended for four games, I believe.


      • amhendrick - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

        So, 25% of the season rather than MLB’s 30.9% of the season. Seems roughly equivalent to me.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      More ammunition for my “Most Cardinals Fans are Insufferable” campaign, I’d say.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        rmcintyre003 and I are the old timers who had to wait their turn to read the sports pages in the newspapers after dad got first shot and really saw on the tiny tvs real baseball. I agree 100% with rmcintyre003. We were watching and PAYING TO WATCH BASEBALL’S VERSION OF THE WIDE WORLD OF WRESTLING. It was all phony, staged and to make money. And yes the owners, managers and coaches all knew along with every player and we were the suckers in the carnival paying a $1.00 to look at the two headed cow and the tattooed lady.
        I was not amazed at the stat I saw several months ago that a large percentage of viewers said that the staged wrestling was real. Hell an even larger percentage of people didn’t believe that baseball players didn’t cheat by taking drugs.

    • American of African Descent - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      1. Steroids do not help a batter hit a round ball with a round bat. While they may help the batter hit the round ball further, the batter must still have the God given talent to hit the ball in the first place. This fact shows that baseball — even when played by steroid users — is nothing like the choreographed display that is WWE.

      1A. Steroids do not help a pitcher throw a round ball at 80+ mph into a 17″ by 17″ square from 60′ 6″. The pitcher must still have the God given talent to throw the ball in the first place. This fact shows that baseball — even when played by steroid users — is nothing like the choreographed display that is WWE.

      2. Athletes are not role models. Athletes are not paid to be role models. Athletes are paid to play ball, not to raise your children. If your children idolize athletes to the point that your children will mimic an athlete’s drug use, you are a failure as a parent.

      3. I know of no reasonable adults who think baseball is fixed. In any case, baseball is entertainment. If you don’t like it — if you think baseball is full of cheaters and/or fixed — no one is forcing you to watch. If you think it is too expensive to go to a game (and many stadiums have $20 tickets in their upper deck) don’t go. No one is forcing you to spend “50 -100$ for a good seat” at a ballpark.

      4. Where was the outrage in 1998 when McGuire was breaking the home run record? Everyone knew he was juicing back then — you don’t grow that large that quickly without chemical assistance. The whole scenario reminds me of that very famous scene from Casablanca: “There’s gambling going on in here? I’m shocked!”

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        American of African Descent better go and get some books and take some courses on the subject. Enough has been written about it. AS THE SAYING GOES YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOU SPEAK OF. First you don’t know the drugs that were used. Second, you don’t and didn’t say how the drugs work. Do some self education before you open your mouth and prove to the world how ignorant you are. A juiced up player can swing a bat faster, the ball gets out of the infield or confines of the baseball park faster. Reflexes are speeded up and running speed is increased. The player can get to the base faster. An ordinary infield out becomes an infield single. A normal fly ball goes into the stands. All the normal ability the player has is increased and he learns to adjust better. Steroids increase strength and that little ball gets to the plate a hell of a lot faster and the pitches jump a hell of a lot more. If the pitcher only pitches at 80 mph, he would not last one outing in the major leagues. And the strike zone is not 17″ by 17″ read the baseball rules and get back to me on what the official strike zone is. God has nothing to do with diet, vitamins, exercise, training, learning and artificially induced strength. What nonsense you spout. I doubt you would understand the physiology of how different performance increasing drugs affect the different parts of the body at the microscopic level and why.
        Athletes are most definitely role models. You are too young to remember the stores from the late 40’s and 50’s about how athletes were considered to be the best actors in commercials for kids. Remember Yogi Berra and YooHoo? There were many commercials when I was growing up showing athletes telling they youth about the products they should be using. Gloves, bats and other equipment were endorsed by many athletes. Most definitely athletes were and are role models. Just go out to the basketball court and ask any kid playing who they would like to be and they will all answer some sports person. Ask them about Joe Biden and the blank stares you get back.
        Ask Pete Rose about fixed games and his ban from baseball. Now what is fixed? Are you talking about the Black Sox? Are you talking about a player who doesn’t jump high enough to catch a ball? Are you talking about a half ass attempted tackle? Are you talking about the billions of dollars that are bet daily on professional sports?
        Of course professional sports games are fixed. College level sports games have a nasty reputation about fixed games, Boxing is fixed. Try reading articles and books by the people who know.
        Watch the betting line when pitchers and players are added or removed from a lineup. Ooops player x has a groin pull, better hedge your bet.
        Those cheating players have put the enjoyment of watching a game way out of reach. Evidently you haven’t sat in one of those $20 seats and felt the same thrill as sitting around the $1000 seats close to the dugout. What a stupid argument.
        And there you answer your own question. Any reasonable adult……..knew the games were fixed with drug induced players. No sane intelligent adult could doubt the artificialness of baseball with all the records torn to shreds and mediocre players well past their prime getting millions of dollars for their drug induced play. Your whole comment is ridiculous.

      • American of African Descent - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        And pj better go take some courses in basic English. You apparently have trouble understanding simple declarative sentences. (You also appear to have some trouble writing simple declarative sentences — that’s a problem for another day.) I would be willing to bet that I have a better formal education than you, that I am better read and have a better understanding of history than you, and that I am more professionally accomplished than you.

        Steroids — hell, drugs generally — don’t help you hit the baseball. Steroids don’t help you find the strike zone. While steroids help a player recover faster (generally leading to better statistics as the 162 game grind takes less of a toll on the steroid user than the non-steroid user), they do not help the player actually hit the ball or find the strike zone. You need innate talent to be able to do that.

        I find it quite funny that you look at “stores [sic] from the late 40′s and 50′s about how athletes were considered to be the best actors in commercials for kids” to support your allegation that athletes are roll models. (Seriously, you get in on me about the size of the strike zone, but can’t spell “stories”?) Want to talk about your precious athletes? How about Mickey Mantle being a drunk and a womanizer? How about Ty Cobb being a murderer? How about all the pitchers who threw at Jackie Robinson? I reiterate: if your kid idolizes an athlete to the point of wanting to imitate his drug use, you have failed as a parent and at life. A kid doesn’t know our vice president and that’s an athlete’s fault? In what kind of nanny state would you prefer to live?

        Finally, please note that there is a difference between “fixed” games (i.e., the outcome of the game has been decided in advance), and games that feature PED users who still have to hit a round ball with a round bat.

        That is all.

        Where do you want to draw the line with respect to cheating? Athletes have been using amphetamines since at least the 1950s to improve game performance. Before that, it was coca leaf and strychnine. (Yes, you read that correctly. Athletes, particularly runners, were sufficiently interested in winning races that they would take poison!)

        You make the claim that professional sports are fixed. While there have certainly been scandals involving point shaving — Tim Donaghy comes to mind immediately — these appear to be the exception and not the rule. If you have some evidence to support your wild accusations that sports are fixed, why don’t you present it? That people bet on games doesn’t mean that the fix is in.

  5. allsportsnyfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Hanging out with the wrong crowd in DR ( Sosa, A-Rod) will get him in trouble. Having the year he was having, you just wonder.

    • capone888 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Now that we have proof he was taking PEDs, we don’t have to wonder anymore.

  6. jrbdmb - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    So was it the “cream” or the “clear”?

    • theseattlefan - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      You have the wit of a dull knife (and so do all of you other morons who liked this comment). If your comment was about Ryan Braun, Mark McGwire, Mike Morse it would have been a bit funnier. Cabrera did not pass the buck nor did he lie; he was contrite. Go back to fox news for your facts.

  7. sdelmonte - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I would say that testing works. And I will give Melky points for being man enough to say “my bad” instead of making excuses.

    Otherwise, not exactly a happy thing. But not the worst thing either.

  8. mike loewenberg - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    thank goodness the yankees got him away from cano. word was that melky was distracting robby way too much off the field. now cano is one of the games best and melky is the game’s latest train wreck. And so what that he admitted cheating. Admitting it doesn’t make him less of a dickhead – not at all.

    it’s a shame, actually, on so many levels.

    • rmcintyre003 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      you have got to be kidding,or just being so true damn yankee. they have cheated for the past decade. are you that sold into that out of sync org. the damn managers cheat. please, people from n y are only sold on themselves…. by the way good luck on that teeeeebow crap an his juggling faith pro. and all other crap. hope he has a wildcat day…….not.

  9. randygnyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    There’s still a few more cheats that have yet to be caught. This should put to bed the argument that steroids don’t help athletes perform better. Average to all-star, overnight, can only happen by cheating.

  10. brianbosworthisstonecold - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    What a complete jack ass! He screwed the pooch!

  11. eagles512 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Good. He’s a total punk.

  12. nlfan865 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    he should be banned for life…why not good enough for pete rose and shoeless joe…good enough for this fathead and all the others who have been and will be caught…seems fair..except that baseball allows this is not as bad as gambling on a game…maybe they will just take down bud seligs statue somewhere

    • rmcintyre003 - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:23 AM

      maybe you should know what it is your talking about. pete rose did bet on baseball, that part you have right the part that you find yourself lost at is he bet to WIN

  13. mrznyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    He didn’t cost himself any money – Without the drugs he would have finished the year as a journeyman outfielder and been offered the same contract he’s about to be offered this off-season. What you mean is, it’s a shame he got caught and now won’t be able to cash the big chips.

  14. jrod691 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    So glad the Giants didn’t sign him to a huge deal.

  15. wranglerick - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Between this and a scrabble player cheating by palming blank pieces, I don’t know what to think !
    It’s good he admited the issue, but its really not a mistake. He knew it was wrong from the start

  16. stercuilus65 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    At least he was man enough to admit his wrongdoing and not lie and try to throw the test taker under the bus like “he is so classy” Roid Braun.

  17. papichulo55 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Melky should be ashamed. How could he possibly think that we would be OK with PED use? After all, when I leave my virtual office to have a dinner of two year old preserved food, I expect real baseball. I am sitting here, waiting for my Viagra to kick in, so that I can have a romantic evening with my lipo suctioned, breast and butt enhanced wife, and here is Melky with this fake baseball. Damn, I miss the good old days, when things were real!

  18. thenoblefacehumper - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    I think Melky will serve as a great a great example (maybe the best to date) of how much steroids really do help a player. If he comes back next season crushing the ball again, a la Braun, there’s a decent chance they don’t do as much as we may have thought. If he turns back into the fat oaf he was in Atlanta, then they really can turn a mediocre player into a star.

  19. materialman80 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    50 games is not enough. I like out for good better. It should be simple, you cheat, you are done. Period.

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