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Melky Cabrera bought a website and dreamed up a fake supplement in an attempt to beat his PED suspension

Aug 19, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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This all reads like the plot for a low-budget tech thriller movie. A bad, low-budget tech thriller.

According to Teri Thompson, Bill Madden, Christian Red, Michael O’Keefe and Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News, outfielder Melky Cabrera “created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball’s drug program.”

The website, purchased by an associate of Cabrera’s from the Dominican Republic named Juan Nunez, cost a total of $10,000.

The product, advertised as a topical cream, was going to anchor Cabrera’s defense during his appeal.

But “baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly,” a source familiar with the case told the Daily News.

Cabrera’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES, have distanced themselves from Nunez and are claiming that the scheme was concocted without their knowledge. There’s no evidence that they’re lying, though Nunez has been hired directly by the agents in the past to obtain and deal with Dominican clients.

Federal investigators are now looking into the case, and it seems possible if not likely that Cabrera will be facing punishment beyond his 50-game ban from professional baseball. “If you engage in this type of activity,” concludes a well-informed source in the Daily News exclusive, “you do it at great risk to your livelihood.”

  1. mybrunoblog - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    In addition to being a cheater we now learn that Melky Cabrera is not very bright. You can’t make this stuff up.

    • qwerty007qwerty007 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I guess he didn’t think they would check to see if said product existed. Brilliant!

      • hittfamily - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        or run an internet archive search. Want to know what ebay looked like a decade ago? Your companys website?

  2. braunliesandcheats - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I believe there is still a major problem in MLB with PED’s! The union is refusing to allow Olympic like testing and there is good reason for this. I also believe that a overwhelming number of Latino’s are taking PED’s.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Sounds a bit racist to me. Do you also believe that the majority of Americans are taking PED’s?

      • metalhead65 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        what’s racist about pointing out besides braun most of the guys getting popped are latin players? they refuse to follow the guidlines baseball has set up by using products that are banned because they are available in their countries. then apologists try and defend them saying baseball is picking on them because they come from poor countries. maybe if they spent as much time on education as they do playing baseball they would not be so poor.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        It is racist to say imply that the majority of Latin American players are using PED’s without any proof at all.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Well, Metal, it’s as racist as saying that Blacks have a higher propensity of being criminals because the US prison system is filled with Blacks.

        Of course, the Original Poster has chosen an anonymous moniker that accuses a real person as being a cheat and a liar, so, really, what kind of credibility does that guy bring to the table?

        In a world dictated by messages (these message boards) it’s always the anonymous boobs who demand to be taken seriously.

        The Aliens are laughing at us, and I can’t blame them.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Pointing out economic disparity is demonstrating greater incentive/motive, not providing an excuse/apologizing for the person from the poor country.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        apologists try and defend them saying baseball is picking on them because they come from poor countries

        Whaaaa? Please quote one person who’s saying this? Or are we making shit up now because two can play at that game…

        what’s racist about pointing out besides braun most of the guys getting popped are latin players?

        It’s not, until people want to ascribe behavior on the individuals who are busted, rather than opine that maybe it’s easier to get caught because these PEDs are legal in their home country(ies)?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Some people here need to learn the difference between the words racism, discrimination, prejudice…

      • electstat - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        America isn’t a race, and Canada is still part of North America.

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      I’m not sure about Braun, but I do agree that PEDs are still a big issue.

      The Latino comment may be correct, but it’s pretty dicey to go there without more background.

      One explanation could be the great financial disparity between here and many of the areas Latino players come from. I’m not saying this means I condone any of it. But you can certainly understand it.

      And, seeing as it’s becoming all too clear that there’s so much we still don’t know about the world of the major league baseball player, it’d probably be best if we paid more attention to trying to find out as much as we can, before singling out any one group.

      It may turn out that the truth is very different from our various perceptions, and that it’d be best not to make these kind of statements, unless we can totally back them up.

      Of course, with Bud Selig at the helm, it’ll be 2112 (and he’ll still be in office, contemplating retirement) before we know anything more than we do now.

      • KR - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        By that time the elder race will return to overthrow the temples of Syrinx, and I’m not sure what their position on PED testing is.

      • blackdonnelly - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        KR: Temples of Syrinx?

        Outstanding – and thanks for the Rush reference – I’ll have to spin “2112” later today.

      • paperlions - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Another likely factor is the disparity in education. Many latin american players have had very little education, many/most essentially studied baseball only from the time they were 13/14 yrs old, and many don’t have reliable family members with them while they are at baseball academies to protect them from those that would give them substances banned by MLB in an attempt to increase their signing bonus.

        There are a lot of factors associated with being from latin america (economics, education, easy of access, being away from home/family), but that in and of itself doesn’t appear to be a factor at all.

      • temporarilyexiled - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Didn’t even know I was making a Rush reference. Guess that’s what I get for being that musician more into the tune than the lyrics. But hey, you can pretend I did it on purpose.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      What do you mean by “Olympic like” testing? Does the testing have to be by WADA even though MLB is using certified labs? Does there have to be blood testing? That requires changes to the CBA, and the players’ union isn’t going for it. Does MLB have to test for everything that gets tested for the Olympic athletes? A gymnast in 2004 got a gold medal stripped for taking Sudafed given to her by a physician for a cold; is that what you want?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        Olympic like testing means taking medals away from potheads who happen to snowboard and eat Big Macs.

        WADA is a joke, and it’s WADA testing procedures that makes MLB’s drug testing program a joke.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Also, no matter how robust and in depth the testing program is, there will be people attempting to get around it. The financial incentives are just too great. Compare minor league salaries to the MLB minimum. Compare the Dominican Republic’s per capita income to even AAA players, and it becomes obvious. This, I think, is also one of the primary reasons that more minor leaguers get caught–and, of course there are more minor players to begin with.

        That, in less than a decade of testing, we’ve swung from a hitting era to a pitching dominated era could well indicate that the testing program is performing one of its most important missions already (ie, deterrence). The thing is, should more be done, whether heftier punishments or more testing. I could get on board with bigger penalties, like a one year suspension for the first offense. I would also agree to cryo-storing samples for retrospective testing when tests for “untestable” agents come out. Right now though, I’m kind of with MLBPA on blood testing not being needed. The HGH test isn’t very useful, and HGH is an ineffective PED anyway. EPO is effective, but is primarily for improved endurance, not that big an issue in baseball.

    • EK Ohio - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Latinos like Ryan Braun, Barry Bonds and Andy Pettitte?

      • qwerty007qwerty007 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Don’t forget Rogeiro Clemensa

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    This is one of the most ridiculous things that I’ve heard in quite some time.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    This makes this story really funny.

  5. steelhammer92 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    So much for being a good boy and owning up to his “mistake,” as all athletes call it when they are caught doing something bad or illegal.

  6. riverace19 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    After he admitted his wrongdoing? Holy cow this guy is dumber than dumb. No sympathy for Melky! He deserves what’s coming to him.

  7. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Conte was right about one thing. Melky is not very bright.

  8. drewsylvania - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    How are trying to lie to MLB and setting up a fake site something that federal investigators should be involved in?

    • duvisited - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Wire fraud?

  9. hcf95688 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    The giants are the dirtiest organization in baseball.

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      That’s got to be the best example of a blanket statement ever written.

      But I’ll give you this, if this new story holds up, the Giants would be well advised to make a real effort to distance themselves from all of it.

      Mota is due back shortly.

      While his situation is a small story in comparison, he may be affected by this latest lolfest.

      You should ask yourself one question.

      Do you really think the Giants had anything to do with Melky’s website nonsense?

      I do think they need to take a serious look at how they’re perceived, and care more about what the rest of MLB thinks.

      Brian Sabean isn’t exactly interested in what other people think…but that needs to change.

      • chill1184 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Not being a dick but why should Sabean and the Giants care what the rest of MLB thinks of them? It’s not like they’re fighting the suspension or anything like that.

      • temporarilyexiled - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Because…and it’s just my opinion…I think much of the perception of the Giants as dirty (which, when looking at Bonds, Guillen, Mota, Cabrera has at least some basis in fact) has to do with the fact that the organization doesn’t seem to mind being in a negative spotlight. And I think at least part of that has to do with Brian Sabean. If you’ve listened to him over the years, you know that he’s barely polite when it comes to other people’s opinions, and sometimes, he doesn’t even get to barely polite. I’m the first person to acknowledge that age teaches you that other people’s opinions are like rear ends…but as a fan, I’d like to only have pride associated with my team. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

    • jkcalhoun - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Now that Melky’s suspension puts the Giants into a 6-way tie with the Rockies, Mets, Phillies, Mariners, and Rays for most players suspended from the major league roster for PEDs, I have to admit that your comment is spot on.

  10. chill1184 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I think it would be smart of Cabrera’s teammates to take him aside and tell him “Bro, just stop, stop digging the hole”. When one is suspended the best thing to do is stay out of the spot light.

  11. larrybrown43 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Cast my vote for not caring. The game more fun back in the day. Far more people suffer abuse, become unruly, or die from alcohol (MLB’s biggest sponsors) than performance supplements.

    • paperlions - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Agree 100%.

      Funny how people judge Melky so much more harshly than Miguel, who was so wasted that he was threatening people lives, and then drove off completely cocked. Melky did something that might have made him a little better at baseball. Miguel did something that endangered people lives. Neither owned up to it….but Melky is the bad guy? Huh?

      If you think someone using PEDs is even in the same league of morality as someone that drives drunk, you probably need to step away from the keyboard for a while.

  12. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    This is so awesome. I thought it was cool that he owned up to his mistakes…but he’s just like every other player and tried to weasel his way out of it first. Except he made himself look like even more of a jackass.

  13. willclarkgameface - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Take heed the words of Victor Conte (regarding steroids and nothing else because he’s a fucking scum bag): MLB players are certainly using and it’s more than we all think.

    I believe it and what we have in baseball is a collection of media members that’s too scared to say anything (again…remember 1998, media members?). Sure, they might lose access to the clubhouse and their “inside information”, but it’s really just time to burn bridges and take a brave stand.

    Put Selig on notice. Put the MLBPA on notice. Put this information under their nose so they have nothing else to do except use REAL testing.

    And on that note, I hope Melky wins the batting title. We already have an all-time HR leader that was cranked out of his skull, why not a single season batting champ?

    When will Bud act? This has been my favorite story of the year.

  14. hushbrother - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Seems to me everyone is ignoring the relevant question here, which is, does this mean the American League now gets home-field advantage in the World Series?

    • taxed00 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Why on earth would Bud do that? Bud didn’t even force Braun to relinquish his MVP award after his failed test, what makes you think he’s going to overturn the home-field advantage for the World Series?

      How would he even go about proving beyond reasonable doubt that the AL would have won that game if you take away however many at-bats Melky had? The AL did get shut out after all.

      • kopy - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Ryan Braun has never been suspended for PED use.

    • royhobbs39 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Thumbs downs? That’s the best, snarkiest comment on here so far.

  15. 11thstreetmafia - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Jose canseco is also a scumbag and he was seemingly the only one telling the truth. Reputation counts, but being a scumbag does not necessarily make you a liar.

  16. yahmule - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    The issue is overblown. Conte is a sleaze weasel and he wants to cast himself in a better light with the classic kindergarten defense that “everybody else is doing it”. The simple fact that guys like a reigning MVP and a potential batting champion tested hot indicates to me that the screening process is working. It would be much more damning if nobody tested positive.

    Melky has made an ill advised leap from his frying pan. We’ll see just how badly he gets burned.

  17. bla bla bla - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I think you all have the timing wrong. Melky has already had his appeal. According to the CBA no announcement can be made until after the appeal is unsuccessful.

    I think Melky tested dirty and THEN quickly set up this website and other nonsense to use at his appeal. It didn’t work, he got suspended, so then he “came clean.”

  18. daisycutter1 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    $10K for a website?!

    Anyone got the URL?

  19. royhobbs39 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I think there needs to be a press conference with Bud repeating the words “He should have gone to” over and over again.

  20. kiwicricket - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Curious to know how Melky would of provided a sample of this little known topical substance. A successful appeal would of required a pretty in depth analysis of the product and system.
    Would of been even more hilarious reading about a combination of hair gel and acne cream being the so called product which altered his T ET levels.

    Would bet a small sum his agents were involved, despite their denial.

  21. sabatimus - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Kirk Gibson might get his wish.

  22. jburrell4 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Settle down, Canada….

  23. sportmentary - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Is this a joke? Just when you thought Melky couldn’t be any more stupid, he proves you wrong. The guy is an idiot. He should have just taken his punishment like a man and dealt with rebuilding his reputation. Now he faces more than just a 50 game ban. The Giants should drop this clown.

  24. baseballbum - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Most importantly, what becomes of the “Melk Men”?

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Heard one great local commenter who said they’d all become juice men.

  25. trybe29dr - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Lets not turn this into a race issue here. Clemens, pettite, bonds, and sosa all used peds none of which were not suspended. Its not race, its ego and greed. These guys think they can cheat, not get caught, and sign a big contract before they cycle off…thats the plan…and last year mlb provided players with an out over turning brauns suspension…this was stupid. But anyone who bought cabreras good boy act is even dumber than he was setting up this hoax…

    • gerryb323 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Clemens, Pettite, Bonds, Sosa….one of these things is not like the others!

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