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

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    melky getty

    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…

  3. No, Melky Cabrera’s batting title will not be the result of a “loophole”

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    There are a lot of people who (a) don’t want to see Melky Cabrera win the batting title; but (b) find it unseemly for baseball to change its rules on the fly in order to thwart Cabrera.  That’s totally understandable. The problem comes when those folks try to get around all of that like Gwen…

  4. Robinson Cano, Scott Boras shoot down PED test rumor

    Sep 21, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Yesterday afternoon rumors began popping up all over Twitter that Robinson Cano had tested positive for PEDs and had a suspension looming.  Cano and his agent Scott Boras forcefully shot that down yesterday: “Not at all,” Cano told The News. “There’s no test or anything.” Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, also told The News that the…

  5. Sorry folks, Melky Cabrera is still likely to be the NL batting champ

    Sep 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Bud Selig spoke to the press today and he dashed any hope that he’d cave in to the oh-my-stars-and-garters crowd when it comes to Melky Cabrera and the batting title.  If he wins it, he’s gonna be the batting champ and those who find this scandalous will just have to make sure their fainting couches…

  6. Lorenzo Cain expected to miss rest of season with hamstring injury

    Sep 15, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    When the Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez over the winter, the objective was to give Lorenzo Cain an opportunity to be the regular center fielder. Things haven’t exactly worked out as planned. While Sanchez was a major bust before being traded to the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie, Cain just hasn’t…

  7. Report: Giants won’t bring back Melky Cabrera in postseason

    Sep 14, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    While the club isn’t commenting on the situation, CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly says all indications are that the Giants won’t bring Melky Cabrera back should they advance in the postseason. According to Baggarly, Cabrera recently reached out to Giants officials to find out when and if he should report to the club’s minor league complex to…

  8. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  9. The latest “oh noes, Melky can’t win the batting title!” column

    Sep 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    The argument that Melky Cabrera should not be allowed to win the 2012 batting title because of his drug suspension was dumb a couple of weeks ago and it’s dumb again today. From Morosi: The batting race, though, is one instance in which MLB must act — and it doesn’t need to be that complicated.…

  10. Another call for teams to vacate wins when a player gets a PED suspension

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    We dealt with this last month, but Jeff Miller of the OC Register goes there anyway. After lamenting that the Angels and Dodgers were victimized by the A’s and Giants due to the latters’ employment of Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, Miller thinks that something more needs to be done: The NCAA certainly wouldn’t permit…

  11. Steroid dealer Kirk Radomski says agents introduced him to their clients

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kirk Radomski

    That story in which Melky Cabrera‘s agents — the Levinsons — are alleged to have facilitated clients’ acquisition of PEDs by setting up checking accounts and things? It’s being corroborated, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.  The problem?  The chief corroborator is Kirk Radomski: “I will corroborate the relationship I had with Paul and the…

  12. NBC SportsTalk: Brian Cashman’s irresponsible PED comments

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on SportsTalk last night and one of the segments was about Brian Cashman’s lack of surprise over Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED tests.  Which is fine as far as it goes. It may be a rare bit of candor from an executive on the topic of…

  13. MLB investigating links between Melky’s agents and steroid dealer Kirk Radomski

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    melky getty

    This is interesting. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports: Major League Baseball is investigating whether four-time All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca’s relationship with steroid distributor Kirk Radomski was arranged by his former agents, three people with knowledge of the investigation told USA TODAY Sports. They spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.…

  14. Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘not surprised’ Melky, Colon tested positive

    Aug 28, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman head

    Speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “not surprised” about the positive PED tests for Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the quotes: “In Melky’s case, I think I said in the New York Times article, recently in June, they asked me about him, that when…

  15. Guillermo Mota rejoins Giants after 100-game suspension

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Back in May veteran reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended 100 games for his second positive performance enhancing drug test and today the right-hander rejoined the Giants’ active roster after serving his punishment. At the time Mota claimed that his positive test for Clenbuterol was the result of taking a children’s cough medicine, which his agent…

  16. And here come the misleading BALCO/Canseco/Bonds connections

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday I anticipated that, in the interests of narrative over information, some writers would probably try to turn the Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon PED suspensions into some larger story about Bay Area drug corruption with callbacks to the days of BALCO, Canseco and Bonds. And I was not disappointed. John Shea: The steroid cloud…

  17. And now, tomorrow’s Bartolo Colon commentary today!

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Bartolo Colon’s drug suspension coming a week after Melky Cabrera‘s is gonna be like manna from hack commentator heaven. The story line — and it will be treated as one, seamless story line — is gonna break down thusly: Angle: Here we go again! The Bay Area is once…

  18. Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    Melky Cabrera has company. MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a…

  19. Giants get a reprint for Melky Cabrera T-shirt night

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Sept. 8 is “Gigantes T-shirt” day at AT&T Park, and while Melky Cabrera‘s name isn’t attached to the promotion, it seems his likeness was going to be on the apparel, something that might have been even more embarrassing than tonight’s Hunter Pence bobblehead night in Philly. Fortunately, the Giants were able to get a redo…

  20. Anyone have an opening for a web developer? Melky’s guy has been banned

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Why does Major League Baseball hate small businessmen? It’s these kinds of people — especially in the technology sector — which create the jobs! Major League Baseball has banned the Melky Cabrera “associate” who took responsibility for the former Yankee’s bogus website from all 30 clubhouses, the Daily News has learned. So can he work from home? “In addition,…

  21. Great Moments in incoherence: The drug testing program is working, so it must be scrapped!

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Only in baseball does a system that catches and punishes a guy trying to cheat the system get assailed. Like this article from Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, who believes that the fact that the union defends members who fail drug tests — like every union on the planet in every industry — means that the…

  22. Quote of the Day: Melky Cabrera: Criminal Mastermind edition

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    melky getty

    From the Associated Press story about Melky Cabrera‘s clearly well thought-out plan to create a phony website cum PED alibi: It’s the first such case MLB has had and officials hope that uncovering the scheme will discourage similar attempts. Something tells me that Melky is not the vanguard of a legion of ballplayers who would…

  23. Melky Cabrera bought a website and dreamed up a fake supplement in an attempt to beat his PED suspension

    Aug 19, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    melky getty

    This all reads like the plot for a low-budget tech thriller movie. A bad, low-budget tech thriller. According to Teri Thompson, Bill Madden, Christian Red, Michael O’Keefe and Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News, outfielder Melky Cabrera “created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned…

  24. We can’t let Melky Cabrera have the batting title/crown/award!

    Aug 18, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    In the name of all that is holy! Kenny Albert and Tim McCarver made it very clear during Saturday’s FOX Red Sox-Yankees broadcast that we can’t allow Melky Cabrera to win the NL batting title after his steroids suspension this week. In fact, it seems we need a new rule to prevent players who receive…

  25. No, you don’t take Melky Cabrera’s batting title away if he wins it

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    We went over the silliness of attempting to scrub history last year when Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone was revealed after winning the MVP, but apparently we have to go over this again. Dejan Kovacevic, specifically, thinks that Melky Cabrera, should he finish the season with the highest average, should not be considered the…

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