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Melky Cabrera left off Giants’ unchanged World Series roster

Oct 24, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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As expected the Giants have decided against adding Melky Cabrera to the roster for the World Series and will stick with the same group they used in the NLDS and NLCS.

Cabrera’s exclusion was all but given considering the team’s comments about the situation for the past several weeks, but there was some speculation that San Francisco might add a third catcher in Eli Whiteside.

Cabrera was eligible to return from his 50-game steroid suspension for the NLCS, but the Giants stuck with Gregor Blanco as their starting left fielder. Blanco is never going to equal Cabrera’s lofty .346 batting average during the regular season, but he has gotten on base at a .364 clip during the playoffs.

Still, it’s hard to think that the Giants wouldn’t be better off with Cabrera on the roster, if only as a bench bat.

  1. dodger88 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wonder if he’ll get a ring should the Giants win the Series?

    • clydeserra - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      he will. the question is: how long does the free re-sizing last?

    • afirst916 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      I’m sure he will, personally I believe he deserves one. His departure was bitter but he played a huge role in this team for more than half of the season.

      • vallewho - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        100% truth.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        Under the influence of performance enhancing drugs done so JUST to get a club to dump huge money to him which would all be guaranteed just so he can fall back down to mediocrity. And the Giants would probably be the team most likely to resign him to such a big contract had he not been caught. Which means he would have damaged their future by wasting a large piece of their payroll. So i ask you, in any scenario, what player deserves recognition for cheating?

      • cardsfanindelaware - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        For a player to receive a World Series ring all they have to do is appear in 1 plate appearance during the season.

  2. timb12 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    It’s kind of cool that they’re taking it so seriously. It may not be fair to Ol Melky, but you don’t see too many teams that have their priorities in this order.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Oh yes. Priorities in order.

      Just ask Guillermo Mota.

      What a brilliant comment.

      Read Jeff Passan’s article on Yahoo today about this situation.

      • alang3131982 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Who cares if it is fair to Ol Melky? It’s UNFAIR to their fans. The Giants have a duty to put themselves in the best possible position to win. When they shift to the AL, their DH candidates are putrid. Sure, it could help them slide Panda to DH (however he isnt an abhorrent fielder). Melky is a real bat…it’s nuts not to use him, and as Frenchy pointed out, they have no problem employing and utilizing past steroid users…it’s just stupiud.

      • geoknows - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Indeed. Why did they welcome back Guillermo Mota with open arms and place him on the postseason roster while coming off his second PED suspension? This is an aging, sub-par middle, eminently fungible middle reliever we’re talking about, not the guy who led the majors in hitting this year.

      • Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        If he gets that one clutch hit as a DH and the Giants win the series the victory will be tainted for the fans.

      • alang3131982 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Marty- how could it be more tainted than it already it? Melky played for a good portion of the season and played darn well. If him helping the team win would taint the World Series, isnt it already tainted?

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Methinks Marty was displaying sarcasm…

        Either way, they don’t have to be fair to Melky.

        IMO this has a lot to do with him turning tail and running after he was suspended and not addressing his teammates. I seem to remember reading about that at the time and they were fairly pissed.

        I was just addressing the fact that people think the Giants are a fine upstanding organization because of this.

        Total bullshit. Melky is just a prick and they don’t care for him or his antics.

        And I’ll bet chemistry has improved on that team since he left – and the players damn sure know it.

      • timb12 - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        I said “in this order” I didn’t say it was the right order. You don’t see behavior like this from a team that’s in the World Series. That’s why it’s cool, it’s strange and enticing. I don’t think my comment was brilliant, it was average at best.

      • Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        No sarcasm, and no chance the season is tainted. They widened their division lead by 9 games without him.
        They made two improbable post season comebacks without him.

        Juxtapose that to a game winning double late in game 5 of the World Series.

      • bgrillz - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        He would be a mega distraction. He left on poor terms. And would be the talk of every media member. It’s not worth messing with the teams chemistry.

  3. fuddpucker - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    The Giants would have to be fools to let Melky play again this year. It would look like they approve of his new, improved Juiced up body. Man, that Juice really changed his game, he almost got that 80 mil contract.

    Frenchy was juicing too but he got his contract last year and thus, stopped. Of course, Frenchy’s game PLUMMETED after stopping the juice, he was the worst RF this year lol. That Juice is some powerful stuff ain’t it folks?

    • alang3131982 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      They have known steroid users on their team. How is that not hypocritical? Melky served his punishment and suspension…you dont keep punishing someone (and one should note the team and fans) after the agreed upon punishment is up.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Can you name any player who has been caught using PEDs that caused them to serve a suspension (we r not talking about pettite or arod and such) and came back to the same team to open arms, loving fans, and success? I cant.

  4. willclarkgameface - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    The Giants already have a big problem on their hands when it comes to steroids and the way their team is perceived to handle offenders (BARRY BONDS).

    This is a GOOD decision to leave him off the roster. Dude hasn’t had live MLB pitching in like 3 months. Who is to say that he would have been useful anyway?

    • alang3131982 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      It’s not hard to get him live pitching — he could have played in the NLCS while the team was giving away at bats to Aubrey Huff. Heck, the Tigers managed to hold scrimmages, couldnt the Giants do the same for Melky with their instructional leagues?

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I don’t know…seems to me like he juiced, was punished, and should be allowed to continue to do what he was doing before the punishment. While the Giants will say they don’t want to mess around with the chemistry, Melky should be pissed because, like I said, he served his MLB-imposed 50 game suspension and should be placed on the WS roster provided he is one of the 25 best players.

    But at the same time, I don’t feel sorry for Melky…he did what he did. But then, after typing that, the other side of me thinks that he did his crime and served his time and he is still being punished. Seems just a tinge unfair.

    • ezthinking - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Also, with not playing for three months it was unlikely he would have been much help.

  6. vallewho - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Melky was a good Juice-free player (when motivated). I hope he lands in the NL…West would be great so that he can play Napoli-style on the Giants.

  7. temporarilyexiled - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I’m no Mota fan, but there’s already been enough said about how his situation and Melky’s are different. I’d be happiest if BOTH of them were not on the roster. I’m sure there’s SOMEONE better than Mota, but at this point, it’s nitpicking. As for who’s a good DH? Sandoval…with Arias at third.

  8. sisqsage - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    The fake website angle to this story pushed it over the top as far as letting him come back. If he had just been caught by the failed test and apologized in front of the team and that was the end of it, they would have let him come back. But he ended up lying twice about the whole thing, first to a reporter who had the story and then with the fake website designed to deceive MLB. It just got too weird.

    The majority of the roster was glad to be rid of him because of the way he handled the whole mess. It’s no accident that the team clicked after he left. Their winning percentage went way up and they ran away with the division. It would be silly to mess with that now.
    Along with Cain’s perfect game, my fave memory of the regular season was how everybody said the Dodgers would take over the division after Mekly left and Joaquin Arias went down there right after the suspenion and hit like .450 with a couple of huge homers in a series sweep. It was awesome.

  9. chucklewis13 - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I don’t have a problem with the G-Men leaving Melky off the roster. I think it was a smart thing to do. What team wants the circus back in town–one they would have if they were to add him to the roster. Melky would have more media around him that the Pope. What Giant player wants to continuously be asked about how it feels to have Melky back on the team? Smart move by the Giants and after all what the Giants went through with BB–why should they want another circus in town.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      What team wants the circus back in town

      With Brian Wilson in the dugout what makes you think the circus ever left?

  10. largebill - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Aren’t Giants enjoying homefield advantage partly due to Melky’s All Star game? I’m not sure how his timing would be after couple months of not facing live pitching. However, if that was a concern for Giants they could have had some minor league arms throwing him BP last couple weeks to prepare.

  11. nomorsacbball - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The Giants don’t want him back! If you’re not a Giants fan, what do you care? It’s not going to make any difference in the series. leave it alone already

  12. nomoreseasontix - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    There is no way on Earth, after the Bonds debacle, that the Giants want anything to do with another possible asterisk…

  13. bgrillz - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    He would be a mega distraction. Why mess with the team chemistry? He left on bad terms. Rubbed a lot of players the wrong way. And they are winning without him. Stop bringing up the Mota thing. He apologized. Admits he screwed up. Served his time and returned. Not to mention, he’s a bullpen arm that no one cares about. Melky is the left fielder. And would be the constant focus of media attention.

  14. unlost1 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    the reason he was left off the roster is to give the appearance they are distancing themselves from performance enhancers. In reality they are still taking some but either they are undetectable or they don’t test during the world series. This conspiracy will come out long after the giants upset Detroit.

  15. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Time to lay off that crack pipe unlost. Who needs melky when we have Kung Fu Panda!!!!

  16. ahmiller21 - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    It’s very hard to see any stance from the Giants on PEDs when they celebrated Bonds for so long.

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