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  1. Mike Trout won the “Heart and Hustle” award

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Mike Trout won Rookie of the Year and will finish runner-up for MVP, but surely this will be his proudest accomplishment for 2012: Trout has been named the “Heart and Hustle” award winner. Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives the annual award to the “player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best…

  2. Melky Cabrera attracting interest from at least five teams

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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    You know the story by now. Melky Cabrera was busted for PED use this summer, tried to skirt his 50-game suspension by building a fake supplement supply website, and then walked out on his Giants teammates without apologizing or saying goodbye after his plan was foiled. But he’s very talented. And that’s all that really…

  3. 50 game suspensions are plenty tough

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Tom Verducci had a rundown of free agent outfielders the other day. His Melky Cabrera comments: decent gamble and, because of his suspension, you can probably get him on a one year deal. Fair enough. Then: In the meantime, I can’t believe Cabrera has yet to truly explain himself and begin to clear the air…

  4. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  5. Melky Cabrera’s agents cleared of wrongdoing by MLBPA

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Melky Cabrera‘s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the attempted coverup of Melky Cabrera’s positive test for testosterone following an investigation by the MLB players’ association. In other words, the union has apparently agreed with the notion that former ACES consultant Juan Nunez acted alone in the…

  6. Melky Cabrera is a finalist for the “Heart and Hustle” award

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    OK, so this was apparently announced way back in July, but I didn’t notice it until Mike Bates pointed it out on Twitter this afternoon and … well, you’ll see. Each year the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives out a “Heart and Hustle” award “to a player who demonstrates a passion for the…

  7. Melky Cabrera to get a full playoff share

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    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…

  8. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  9. Giants won’t make qualifying offers to their free agents, including Angel Pagan

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan Getty

    Angel Pagan was a key contributor for the World Series champion Giants this season, batting .288/.338/.440 with eight home runs, 56 RBI, 29 stolen bases and a .778 OPS while playing solid defense in center field. However, the Giants are prepared to let him walk for nothing if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.…

  10. The Giants’ championship is illegitimate because of Melky, says man with presumably straight face

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    This column from Ray McNulty of the T.C. Palm in Florida is so chock full o’ stupid that it defies block quoting. But know that Mr. McNulty believes the following: The Giants are not deserving of World Series congratulations because Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs, and that justifies us questioning “the legitimacy” of the…

  11. MLB execs think Phillies and Mets will try for Melky Cabrera

    Oct 28, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Melky Cabrera‘s impending free agency should be rather interesting. The 28-year-old outfielder posted a spectacular .346/.390/.516 slash line with 11 homers and 60 RBI in 113 games this season for the Giants, but that was before he got busted for PED use and then tried to dupe MLB authorities by funding the construction of a…

  12. World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco: DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  13. Melky Cabrera left off Giants’ unchanged World Series roster

    Oct 24, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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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…

  14. Giants blow past Cardinals in Game 7 of NLCS to advance to World Series

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    Giants Reuters

    The Giants have faced elimination six different times this postseason. Yet they are still standing. Game 7 of the NLCS wasn’t much of a contest, as the Giants topped the Cardinals 9-0 at AT&T Park in San Francisco this evening to win the National League pennant and advance to the World Series against the Tigers.…

  15. Hunter Pence providing no protection for Buster Posey

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Giants acquired Hunter Pence to drive in runs hitting behind Buster Posey. And that’s exactly what he did in the regular season. In 59 games after coming over from the Phillies, Pence racked up 45 RBI. That pace would have led the NL had he maintained it for the full year. Of course, it’s…

  16. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Giants have in store for us in the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in San Francisco: Lance Lynn vs.…

  17. Giants reinstate Melky Cabrera, but still won’t use him in postseason

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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    According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants reinstated Melky Cabrera to their 40-man roster today.  However, this isn’t as exciting as it sounds. The Giants still have no plans to carry him on their roster at any point during the postseason. Cabrera completed his 50-game PED suspension, so the Giants were basically required to…

  18. Offense’s disappearing act leaves Giants on cusp of elimination

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:16 AM EDT

    Buster Posey

    The stunning thing about the Giants’ success this year was the way the offense fueled the team in the second half, even with All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera gone due to suspension. The Giants ranked third in the NL with 380 runs scored in the second half. Only the Brewers (392) and Nationals (383) were…

  19. NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Buster Posey AP

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Giants and Reds have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams San Francisco Giants (94-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in San Francisco: Johnny Cueto vs.…

  20. The Giants are going to leave Melky off the playoff roster

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    It’s official. Or will be in a few minutes, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com 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…

  21. Giants not expected to welcome Melky Cabrera back for a potential NLCS, World Series run

    Sep 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly had this two weeks ago, and now it’s close to being made official. Here is Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle: Manager Bruce Bochy said the Melky Cabrera decision will be announced “before the end of the homestand,” but not today. I can see why they’d wait. The Giants, Major League…

  22. What is Baseball-Reference.com going to do with Melky’s non-batting title?

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    When I first heard that Major League Baseball decided to pretend that Melky Cabrera would not be the 2012 NL batting champion despite the fact that the Rules of Major League Baseball clearly say that he should be, I got mad and wrote a bunch of stuff. The second thing I did?  I wondered what…

  23. MLB really has no plan when it comes to PED punishment

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I often defend baseball’s PED testing regime. I think its official punishments are good. Fifty games is a lot for a first offense, as are the financial penalties that go along with the suspensions.  But it really has no clue what it’s doing when it comes to secondary sanctions like the one we saw imposed…

  24. MLB’s official statement on Melky shows that “regret” is now part of PED punishments

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just released Bud Selig’s official statement on the new Melky Cabrera Rule. And — as I’m sure all of you will love — it opens up a whole new avenue of PED punishment and debate:  “After giving this matter the consideration it deserves, I have decided that Major League Baseball will comply…

  25. Breaking: Melky will be ineligible for the batting title

    Sep 21, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    This is both totally unexpected and extremely unusual. And dare I say, ill-advised.  Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports: In an unprecedented agreement between Major League Baseball and union officials, suspended Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will be ruled ineligible to win the 2012 NL batting title, sources told CSNBayArea.com. Cabrera asked to be removed from consideration…

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