Oh boy Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing substance
— Jorge Arangure (@jorgearangure) August 15, 2012
It turns out that Melky Cabrera‘s recent surge has more to do with cheating than it does about him becoming a more mature ball player. The Melk Man tested positive for testosterone and will be suspended 50 games effective immediately. He will miss the rest of the season and the first four games of the playoffs if the Giants get that far.
After the announcement was made, Melky released this statement:
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” said Cabrera through a statement, courtesy of Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”
As least he came clean when he was caught and didn’t play the victim card like so many other baseball players after they tested positive.
Cabrera, 28, never fulfilled his promise with the Yankees hitting .269/.331/.385 over parts of five seasons and traded him thinking that he wasn’t dedicated enough. He finally turned his career around with the Royals last after the Braves gave up on him and really broke out with the Giants this year. He hit .346/.390/.516 in 113 games with the Giants, but it turns out that it was enhanced. What a shame.
He is a free agent after the season and likely would have gotten a big pay day. Now he’s almost guaranteed to get a fraction of what was possible.