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Breathe easy, everyone: Melky Cabrera is going to get his World Series ring

May 13, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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The Giants’ 2012 World Series win didn’t feature any contributions from Melky Cabrera, but their 2012 regular season sure did. And it’s not going unrecognized:

Cabrera will receive his championship ring when the Giants visit the Blue Jays, Cabrera’s new team, on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy performed a similar act last month with Chicago Cubs’ right fielder Nate Schierholtz, who was traded shortly before Cabrera was suspended for use of a banned substance last summer.

I’m sure someone will be outraged by this because that’s what people do when a PED-connected player is mentioned. But Melky did the crime and the time. More than the time, actually, as he was basically pressured/shamed into abdicating his 2012 batting title because of his positive PED test. Which wasn’t provided for by any rule and made little sense since a batting title is merely a function of mathematics, not a judgment of a players’ moral or even overall baseball worth. But that’s just how we roll as a society now.

First columnist to write how Melky should donate his World Series ring to an animal shelter or something wins the tournament.

  1. yahmule - May 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    How about Melky gets a few basehits?

  2. modo85 - May 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    “The Giants’ 2012 World Series win didn’t feature any contributions from Melky Cabrera, but their 2013 regular season sure did.

    I was wondering where Melkys offense disappeared to this season.

  3. pilonflats - May 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    its the right thing to do, and im sure the giants will do it with the proper respect

  4. Stiller43 - May 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    “More than the time, actually, as he was basically pressured/shamed into abdicating his 2012 batting title because of his positive PED test. Which wasn’t provided for by any rule and made little sense since a batting title is merely a function of mathematics, not a judgment of a players’ moral or even overall baseball worth. But that’s just how we roll as a society now.”

    If theres any benefit to winning the batting title, he should have had it stripped. You shouldnt be rewarded when youre caught cheating and also in a stupid attempt to cover up your cheating. Im glad I live in that society that youre condemning.

    Of course, if theres no true benefit, then who cares. In fact, if he ever boasted about “winning” the title, it would just be a reminder of him testing positive in that year.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      In fact, if he ever boasted about “winning” the title, it would just be a reminder of him testing positive in that year.

      He never boasted about it. In fact, he told MLB to award the “title” to someone else. But keep up the vitriol for someone who did what everyone wanted him to do…

  5. heyblueyoustink - May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I would think, for one, that presenting him with a forgery of a world series ring would appease all parties and present comical irony at the same time. Like making part of it edible, the world’s coolest ring pop.

  6. breschultz - May 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    He got the Giants home field advantage in the World Series. He’s deserves a ring as much as anyone else on the team.

    • sonoco - May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      The entire Giants contingent in KC got that done . . . not just Melky.

  7. lew24 - May 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    He needs to help those poor underpaid and undervalued concession workers at AT&T Park!

    If he can solve that problem, all will be forgiven!

  8. tommyshih - May 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    He carried the Giants offense for the entire first half of the season when nobody else was hitting with any consistency and their offense was generally terrible. The Giants would have been an iffy proposition to make the playoffs at all without his PED fueled start. And I didn’t see the Giants trying to abdicate any of the wins he heavily contributed to.

    • sonoco - May 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      The Giants won the division by eight games playing on cruise control for the final two weeks. Typical WAR for a player with his stats at the time (All-Star Quality) was 5 games . . . his actual WAR was 4.7 . . . plus the team finished 30-15 without Melky. His contribution allowed the team to clinch the division with two weeks to go instead of one week.

      • tommyshih - May 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Decent point, but in the 1st half, when the Giants were averaging 3.8 runs per game (vs 5.0 in the 2nd half, cutoff: All Star Break), Melky kept that offense above water. In fact their W-L was 46-40 at the break, despite a run differential of -8 (338 RS – 346 RA). They won a LOT of tight games. It’s not hard to imagine that his strong offensive contributions in the 1st half (especially May, holy crap May: .467 wOBA, 30 wRC) mattered quite a bit more than one would expect just by looking at the season numbers as a whole.

        I also think your stats need clarification. Melky was worth 4.7 WAR in 113 games played. 4-5 WAR over the course of an entire season is All-Star level. 5-6 is Superstar production. 6+ is MVP conversation. Obviously you can’t just extrapolate his 4.7 WAR to 162 games and say that’s what he would have done, but just as an exercise if extrapolated to 150 games played you’d get 6.3 WAR. To 158 games you’d get 6.6 WAR. He could have ended up a little worse or a little better. Let’s face it, regardless of the timing and run scoring context I mentioned above, without Melky in the line up the Giants would have been missing an MVP caliber player around or just below the level Posey.

  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 13, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I don’t think this will generate much outrage….because at the end of the day, all we’re talkin’ about is jewelry.

  10. Stiller43 - May 15, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Church,

    I dont have any “vitrol,” i said IF he ever brought it up like in contract negotiations, interviews, etc,…things in the future that you cant predict

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