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Melky Cabrera to get a full playoff share

Nov 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

Melky Cabrera AP

The rules regarding playoff shares are weird and we don’t think about them much, but the San Francisco Chronicle notes that, per union rules, Melky Cabrera gets a full playoff share even though he wasn’t anywhere near the team after his suspension and contributed nothing to the playoff and World Series run:

He spent 117 games on the roster this season, and he stood to make 72.2 percent of a full share. But an obscure union rule mandates a full share if a player’s team plays 10 games after the suspended player is eligible to be reinstated. Cabrera was eligible to come back for Game 1 of the NLCS. The Giants chose to keep him on the shelf, but the team also played 11 more playoff games. And that triggers a full share for Melky.

I seem to remember someone else talking about this at the time of his suspension — may have been the Chronicle then too — but it didn’t become official until the Giants actually made the World Series, guaranteeing that the team would play ten games after Cabrera was eligible to be reinstated but was not.

No word on whether the Professionally Outraged will demand that, like the batting title stuff, the rules regarding playoff shares be retroactively set aside because Melky is evil incarnate and stuff.

  1. cur68 - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The Melk Man gets PAID. Nice for him, I guess. Oh well, one day this will be ten years ago and no one will remember it. For now, I for one am having no trouble feeling nothing but “meh” that Melky gets some dough. He didn’t break any rules getting it. He’s entitled to it just like he’s entitled to be the “batting champ”. He did have the highest BA after all and he is within the rules for getting a full share of playoff dough. Whatever.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I suspect that Melky’s extra 27.8% of a playoff share will be tiny compared with his lost 2013 income. All that 2013 money he could have gotten in the market, but will not get because he’s damaged goods.

  2. temporarilyexiled - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    This works on two levels. The guy should get paid for his contribution, even if the basement-dwelling statheads argue it’s an *enhanced* contribution. And those same folks have something to get riled up about on a slow news day. That said, I hope he’s elsewhere in 2013. Caveat emptor.

    • pmcenroe - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      last time I checked it wasn’t the “stat-heads” getting riled up over “enhanced” contributions, in fact its the exact opposite.

      • temporarilyexiled - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        True – there’s the “he’s good, despite whatever” argument. But you know there’s also the “let’s adjust the outcome based on WAR” argument…wait…I can’t even call that an argument…it’s just too…for lack of a better word…inbred. But again, you’re right. Statheads (sorry if this term offends…wait…no I’m not…it’s meant to offend) do argue that he’s worth keeping, and that the Giants are stupid for not already resigning him. To which I say…let’s see what they think is best. Right about now, I’m in the they-can-do-no-wrong-what-the-hell-do-we-know frame of mind.

      • pmcenroe - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        please find me one “stathead” who has said let’s adjust the outcome based on WAR. The only people making that claim have little to no understading of the concept. Or perhaps you can find one saying the Giants should have signed Melky already. From what I can tell you are just pulling all this out of you ass.

      • temporarilyexiled - Nov 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        There have been links to articles written with the purpose of making WAR-adujustment suggestions posted on this site already, with many posters agreeing with them. I’m fine with statistical analysis. The Giants certainly use it, just like everyone else, along with traditional scouting. What I’m constantly reacting to is how sabremetrics has become like a new toy. It cuts both ways. How many are successful with their traditional scouting? How many are choosing truly relevant stats when making personnel decisions? What exactly really are truly relevant stats? How each organization uses them is understandably kept under wraps. Player evaluation is what separates the winners from the losers. You’ll see articles like the one from last week claiming the Giants use only old-school scouting (which totally distorts the truth by leaving out that they also use statistical anaysis). But mostly, it’s statheads, proclaiming their superiority, because they’ve figured it all out by crunching numbers. Again, it seems to me that the people who really know how to make the numbers relevant stay under the radar on purpose, and all the rest of what we hear is simply the musings of know-it-all geek/dork/nerds.

      • pmcenroe - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        Please fine me one article from this website stating it would a good idea to adjust the Giants wins based on WAR. Also please find me an example of a “stathead proclaiming their superiority” because again that is the exact opposite of the truth. Finally please explain to me how on one hand you can have “people who really know how to make the numbers relevant stay under the radar on purpose” and “the musings of know-it-all geek/dork/nerds”, pretty sure those groups consist of the same people. Until you can give actual examples no one cares about your BS strawman arguments.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    No word on whether the Professionally Outraged will demand that, like the batting title stuff, the rules regarding playoff shares be retroactively set aside because Melky is evil incarnate and stuff.

    It’s perpetually outraged Craig, perpetually!

    Oh, and here’s something even better, courtesy of TCM on twitter:

    Melky is the Giants nominee for the “Heart and Hustle” award.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      At first glance, “Professionally Outraged” would seem to be erroneous. And certainly, I bow to your superior expertise on outraged.

      However, thinking on it a bit, “Professionally Outraged” could apply to some members of the sporting commentariat. Those who get attention, and have jobs, because they seem to be perpetually outraged.

      • natstowngreg - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        Not to mention, your superior expertise on outrage. Ex., the outrage caused by the lack of an edit function.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM


  4. tfbuckfutter - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    More importantly though, I hope they don’t use his finger measurement from the beginning of the season when making his World Series ring. He’s probably lost a lot of mass by now.

  5. crisisjunky - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The nasty bathtub ring on the Giants season still fits perfectly. The true bitters in this ironic potion
    is that the Heart and Hustle really belong to each of the current outfielders, pence for his heart, Pagan for his hustle, and Blanco for both, for emerging from the cornfield and stepping onto that stage, under those
    circumstances, and SHINING under the spotlight.
    Unofficial congratulations to all three undersung heroes.

  6. randygnyc - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Natstown- your assessment is reasonable and I agree. But what do we know? Look at Bartolo’s contract from yesterday (yes, it’s only 1 year). A raise from last year with the chance to make 3X last years earnings.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      True, but what would Colon have gotten if he had stayed clean? Colon might have had to settle for one year, regardless, given his age. But he might have gotten more in salary and less in incentives.

      Of course, we can’t know exactly how much Colon and Melky left on the table because they didn’t stay clean. It’s just hard to see any team signing either without getting some discount.

  7. eagles512 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Sure…give a guy a full share who cheated and as a result of his actions, left his teammates hanging. Ridiculous

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