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Melky Cabrera hits the DL

Aug 2, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

Melky Cabrera is not having the best year ever. In the past 12 months he has been suspended for PEDs, shut out of his team’s World Series win and subsequent celebration, regulated out of a batting title the rules of baseball specify should have been his and then signed a nice free agent contact, but one that is orders of magnitude smaller than the one he would have signed had he not gotten busted.

All of his own doing obviously, so no one should shed a tear for him, but I’m sure he’s not all that happy about how it’s gone down.  Now this:


This amid a season in which he is hitting a weak .279/.322/.360.

I guess the silver lining is that, since he was suspended last year, he only got the 50 games and the embarrassment. If he passed by undetected he’d now be facing Ryan BraunAlex Rodriguez-level discipline. So buck up, Melky! It could be worse!

  1. elwaysagenius - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Along with his .279 he has ran the bases terribly and can’t field.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      In otherwords he fits right in with the bluejays and is a classic AA free agent signing!! Did I mention they have him next year too? Thank you AA!!!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Arod! Tex! Jeter! Sabathia! Don’t you just love those albatross contracts that will be on the books of the Yankees for many many years? Of course it is not your money that is paying for it as you are too cheap to go to a Yankees game.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    This is his second trip to the DL. In addition to the bad knee, he has had hamstring problems. At the moment, he can’t run very well due to his injuries. Cabrera’s health is a major reason why the Jays did not trade Davis and Bonifacio.

    Wagner is a hard throwing relief pitcher and was called up because Johnson’s struggles have taxed the bullpen. The next major decision the Jays have to make involves Johnson. Expect Johnson to be deep sixed soon.

    • nbjays - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      JJ needs to go the way of Ricky Romero. I think half his problem right now is in his noggin. By all reports, Ricky is coming around in the minors.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Yea keep those prospects cause we have seen how well they have done with those over the last 15 years…

  3. chip56 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    This amid a season in which he is hitting a weak .279/.322/.360.

    But no – PED’s don’t actually enhance performance or anything..

    • vivabear - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      My thoughts exactly. I agree there’s no way to quantify the elevated performace gained from PEDs. Too many variables. But people need to stop pretending they don’t have the potential to artifically enhance someone’s baseball performance, and in some cases legitimately have increased performance levels.

      • chip56 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Agreed – just because you can’t quantify it by saying “this combination will raise your batting average 20 points” doesn’t mean it’s not there.

        Will PEDs help you hit a curveball? No. But they do increase your ability once you make contact with it.

    • Shayna - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      But surely this is all related. Sore joints mean poor running, whether out in the field or along the basepaths. Steroids do not merely improve certain types of performance, they have side effects. (Did you think MLB banned them just to annoy us all and keep Craig fulminating?) Not least among these is accelerated deterioration of the weight-bearing joints, something that made Melky’s decision to sign with a turf-based team possibly the worst among his limited post-suspension options.

      And a huge thumbs down to the Jays’ management for not thinking this through, even if Melky didn’t. I’m assuming they got a medical report on Cabrera. If they didn’t, more fools they–especially given his steroid use. If they did, then someone should have been able to predict this and avoid it, or at least ensure regular bone-density scans for Cabrera.

      One of the worst signings the Jays have ever made — morally null and economically and tactically wasteful. And pitifully sad for MC who has, I fear, wrecked the rest of his baseball career.

    • antaresrex - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      According to FanGraphs:

      * Cabrera’s ratio of flies, liners, and grounders this year is remarkably similar to his career averages (in fact, his LD% is a career high).

      * His rate of HR per fly is down… but it was also down in 2010, before his two-year surge.

      * His BABIP has mostly regressed, which is no surprise.

      I would be more interested in data on how hard he hit the ball from one year to the next. What are PEDs supposed to do? Increase strength. Let’s see data that demonstrates that he was hitting the ball harder in 2011 and 2012. Otherwise, we’re still only making assumptions and guessing and speculating. As long as we’re assuming that they do help, we ought to try to find the area of performance that is actually being improved.

      I’m not arguing that PEDs didn’t or don’t help Cabrera or anyone else. However, a triple slash line is only the effect. What’s the cause, in terms of on-field events?

  4. rathipon - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Melky obstructed MLB’s investigation into his PED use and received a 50 day suspension under the Joint Drug Agreement. A-Rod obstructed MLB’s investigation and is facing a potential lifetime ban. Neither had any prior offenses. A-Rod is incredibly unpopular, though. And an influential ownership group stands to benefit greatly if he is given a lengthy suspension.

    • rathipon - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      correcting myself – 50 game, not day.

      • mathieug79 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        yeah but Bud Selig is doing his very best to get the Yankees fans back in Yankee stadium, So if he bans Arod for life, this should help the Yankees get away from his bad contract! This should help the Yankees sign Robinson Cano to a MASSIVE contract!

  5. rhmurphy - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    At first I thought it said, “So bulk up, Melky!”

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