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The Giants are going to leave Melky off the playoff roster

Sep 26, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

Melky Cabrera AP

It’s official. Or will be in a few minutes, but Andrew Baggarly of reports that the Giants are going to leave PED scofflaw Melky Cabrera off their postseason roster.  Cabrera, Baggarly reports, is disappointed but will not file a grievance or anything of that nature.

Not that he’d have a leg to stand on.  The Giants are 25-12 since he was suspended.  The Giants have thrived despite his absence, and I would imagine that not many people on that team want him in the clubhouse for the playoffs.  I’m going to assume that, at the time of the suspension, Melky’s teammates feel like he screwed ’em over in some way.

And besides, if he were to file a grievance, Bud Selig would probably just find a way to suspend the grievance rules in this particular instance anyway.

  1. blabidibla - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    As a Giants fan, I approve this message.

    • vallewho - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I would like to know how perhaps they will celebrate playoff baseball knowing that without Melky, they would not be in their current position. Best case scenario, they would be fighting to get in…

      • blabidibla - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Probably with lots of champaign being sprayed all over the locker room.

      • vallewho - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        yeah, the hypocricy would be flowing!

      • adeedothatswho - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        They would have still easily won the NL West. Or would Melky not being a Giant somehow made the Dodgers a much better team? Have any facts to add?

      • vallewho - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        ON Aug 15, 2012 the standings were as follows:

        1. San Francisco 64 53 .547 –

        1. LA Dodgers 64 53 .547 –

        3. Arizona 58 58 .500 5 1/2

        Would SF have been in that position without

      • vallewho - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        Would SF have been in that position without Melky? and go on to take the division outright?

      • adeedothatswho - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:02 AM

        So what you’re saying is that the entire season’s results are meaningless. It’s about what your record is in August? Oh. I guess that’s why they end the season in August, right….oh, btw, the Giants are 26-12 since he was suspended, so….good work….

      • vallewho - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        No…it is you who seems to be discounting the first 4 months of the season

    • brucewaynewins - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      As a Reds fan I too approve this message. I’m sure so does Nationals and Braves fans.

  2. clydeserra - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Because Xavier Nady and Gregor Blanco are soooooo much better.

    • minimoose763 - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Exactly. This is such a stupid decision.

      • Kleinz 57 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        To be fair I get WHY SF is doing it, but yeah, Nady and Blanco?

        More importantly, regardless of one’s opinion on PEDs, I don’t see how taking what has been a very productive bat this year out of your postseason lineup can help. Sure, SF has been on a tear without him, but attributing Melky’s absence as the catalyst of that seems like a specious argument to me.

  3. kiwicricket - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Are they also dumping Lincecum? He’s been worse than Zito was previously.
    Timmay needs to get his ass into gear.

  4. eshine76 - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    To my knowledge, Melky has never been known as a “clubhouse” guy. Besides, who wants that distraction, when you are trying to win a World Series?

  5. Gobias Industries - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    That’s not a bat.

  6. fuddpucker - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Melky went hard for that brass ring but alas, all he got was dat silly glass AS bat.

  7. Gobias Industries - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    So, forgive me, as the rules of MLB are always changing – does this now mean that he gets replaced on the postseason roster by Andrew McCutchen? I’m so confused right now.

  8. amhendrick - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    So, the batting champ and the pitcher with the best SO/9 are both being intentionally left out of the playoffs by their teams?

    • marklar1025 - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      who is being left off the playoffs roster SO/9 wise? If you are referring to Lincecum – there is NO way they are leaving him off the roster even after his blow up last night. Bochy has said all the starters will be on the playoffs roster (my guess – most likely Zito coming out of the pen.)

    • ndo528mori - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      If referring to Lincecum…no, he’s goin to be on roster. Melky…they’re sayin no. However, that’s what they’ve “said” but, correct me if I’m wrong…the roster hasn’t been submitted yet. If he isn’t on the roster……to my knowledge a team can change roster every round in the post season. With boche being as optimistic as he is, its possible he could come back.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      He’s referring to Strasburg, not Timmeh.

  9. thomas655 - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    But they happily let Guillermo Mota back into the clubhouse with open arms? I am a Cardinals fan, so I am OK with the Giants decision, in case STL has to play SF.

    • blabidibla - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Leaving Melky off the roster will make us about even, since you still have Beltran on yours.

    • marklar1025 - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      MLB backed Mota on his claim of testing for .0001% of clenbuterol which is indeed in childrens cough syrup. So I think the Giants look at it as he made a mistake VS a guy who knowingly was cheating. Its the right choice.

  10. TIF - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Considering the way the team has played without Cabrera, no one will second guess leaving him off the postseason roster. However, if the Giants were to put him on the roster and he played poorly and/or the Giants lose, everyone would be second-guessing the decision.

  11. rooney24 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Not that I expect them to change their minds (barring a bunch of injuries), but can’t their change the playoff roster (to a degree) between each round? If a couple of OFs get hurt in the first round, but they advance, might they rethink this?

    So, if Melky is left off the roster, do any playoff games count off of his suspension? Or, must he be on the roster to have the games come off?

    • jkcalhoun - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      After the regular season is complete and he has served 45 games of his 50-game suspension, the next 5 games played by the team or teams he has a contract with at the time the games are played will finish off the rest of his suspension, whether they happen to be postseason games played by the Giants this year or regular season games played by whatever team signs him next.

  12. temporarilyexiled - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Here we go again with the team many of you love to hate. I don’t know the behind-the-scenes details any better than you, but the team is making a distinction between Mota and Cabrera. And they’re perfectly within their rights to do so. If we’re to take the organization on its word, they’re doing the right thing. PEDs/drugs are not some all or nothing kind of thing. There are different types of them, different rules about each of them, and different situations to be dealt with. If you don’t take the team on its word, fine, but then you’ll have to come up with factual evidence to the contrary. And I’ll be more than willing to back you up if you can. Otherwise, face it. Melky cheated, and then he walked out when caught, and then he made up garbage in a desperate attempt to retrieve the millions he’d somehow misplaced. The Giants are most likely through with him. Why not give them credit for doing the right thing, instead of calling them cheaters for trading for evil Melky Cabrera – or stupid and/or unfair for getting rid of poor Melky Cabrera? I’ll bet the people who are making these assinine arguments have made BOTH of them – to suit whatever the headline happened to be.

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