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  1. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  2. Let’s stop beefing about the fact that Melky Cabrera got a contract

    Nov 19, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

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    I’ve seen a dozen of these sorts of sentiments from baseball writers since Melky Cabrera signed with the Blue Jays last week: Melky Cabrera was rewarded with a two-year, $16-million free agent contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera’s deal came less than two weeks after the Oakland Athletics gave pitcher Bartolo Colon a pay…

  3. Melky Cabrera must not think he’s a .340 hitter

    Nov 16, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Blue Jays, which seems pretty good given that he hasn’t played since getting slapped with a 50-game PED suspension and then got kicked to the curb by the Giants when he was eligible to return in the postseason. Still, it’s a two-year deal at a…

  4. Jon Heyman once again falsely accuses Andy Pettitte of changing his testimony in the Clemens case

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman has a silly and superfluous column up today in which he attempts to turn a couple of random recent news stories involving PED-associated ballplayers into some big trend piece about PEDs in baseball.  He references two guys — Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi — whose PED stories are years old, and then name-checks…

  5. Giants “focused” on Angel Pagan, didn’t make offer to Melky Cabrera

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan Getty

    Melky Cabrera is reportedly leaving the Giants to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Blue Jays and not surprisingly Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com writes that San Francisco didn’t make an offer to re-sign him. According to Baggarly the Giants viewed Cabrera as merely “a fallback option” and never actually engaged in contract talks…

  6. Melky Cabrera’s contract is not evidence that the drug program is broken

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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    As soon as the news broke that Melky Cabrera is signing with the Blue Jays, several people in my Twitter timeline said things to the effect that it must be the case that baseball’s drug testing system is broken if someone fresh off a PED suspension can sign a two-year, $16 million deal. And I get…

  7. Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera to two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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    In case there was any doubt left that the Blue Jays are pulling out all the stops following their blockbuster trade with the Marlins earlier this week, now Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Toronto has signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera got the All-Star game MVP and…

  8. Buster Posey first catcher in 40 years to win NL MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Buster Posey

    The Giants’ Buster Posey was the runaway winner for National League Most Valuable Player honors Thursday, claiming 27 of the 32 first-place votes. Posey was listed in the top three on every ballot to finish with 422 points. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun came in second place with three first-place votes and 285 points. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    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…

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