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Mother effer! Here’s a little clip that showed up on Melky Cabrera’s Instagram page last night, and if you weren’t inclined to believe the reports or the live game footage that’s suggested he’s in much better shape this spring than the broken down, tumour-ridden carcass we saw last season — which… actually isn’t funny: Melky and his family feared for his life when he first heard the diagnosis, as John Lott told us in the National Post last week — maybe you will now.

I mean, the need to throw a medicine ball through a tire from thirty-odd feet comes up only rarely in game situations, but this is still a pretty damn impressive display — and one that 2013 Melky wouldn’t have had a prayer of pulling off, I suspect.

Mother effer!


Crotch grab in the direction of @AnthaV for the link!


Here’s an idea I’m instantly regretting: instead of empty open thread posts for playoff games, as we’ve done around here in years past, each day I’m going to attempt to have a hopefully-quick look around at some splits and stats and whatever else stands out on a Jays player’s 2013 season, because… what the hell else is there to do for the next month? Or the next week. Or just today– or however long I actually continue to follow through on this exercise.

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Melky Cabrera’s season ended on August 1st, in the inning following the incident above– his comical attempt at returning an Erick Aybar single to the infield, which allowed Mark Trumbo (or Trumble, if you’re Buck Martinez) to score the Angels’ sixth run off the day off Josh Johnson, who to that point had recorded just six outs.

Ten days later he turned 29-years-old.

Yes, for the entirety that Jays fans saw Melky Cabrera this year– as he, at times, looked creakier in the field than Vladimir Guerrero at the end of his long career, much of it spent patrolling the concrete-and-felt of the knee-destroying outfield of le Stade Olympique– he was just 28-years old.

It’s a little bit hard to believe, isn’t it? His body seemed to be breaking down before our eyes. Of course, we now know that there was a very serious problem– a non-cancerous tumour in his spinal cord of his L1 vertebrae.

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I’m writing this from my phone, so it’s going to be short and dirty, but word broke today via Alex Anthopoulos that Melky Cabrera has had a benign tumour removed from his lower spine. Benign, that is, in the not-cancerous sense, but not necessarily in the sense that it was doing no harm, as the hopelessly optimistic belief is that the tumour may have been behind the weakness in Cabrera’s legs that hampered him all season.

It’s a nice thought for fans, though obviously Melky’s health is the real concern– and, fortunately, it sounds as though all is well. It’s expected that he’ll be ready for Spring Training.


Not horribly unsurprising news here, but in speaking with reporters ahead of today’s afternoon game with the Yankees, John Gibbons said that the club doesn’t expect to see Brandon Morrow or Melky Cabrera return to the field for them this season.

According to the tweetings, like this one from Barry Davis of Sportsnet, the club does expect to see Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista, Dustin McGowan, Maicer Izturis, and Steve Delabar return.

What impressively awful seasons for Cabrera and Morrow! In fact, they were included among the seven key underperformances/absences I used in this little tidbit, which you may not have seen buried in yesterday’s Griff Bag:

Morrow, Johnson, Dickey, Cabrera, Reyes, Lawrie and Izturis– seven players who accumulated 21 wins above replacement in 2012, per Baseball Reference, and this year have been worth -1.6 combined.


But hey, this is all Gibby’s fault, right? Or it’s because, like John Farrell says, the Jays only care about tools and not mental make-up and fundamentals, or whatever was yammering about in those quotes from yesterday that the Fan 590 has been talking about for, seemingly, hours.

As has been obvious for months, basically, Melky Cabrera simply can’t play adequately in the outfield right now, and while the play above was the cherry on top of the giant pile of shit, it’s his legs that have been his undoing. The Jays, mercifully, have stopped trying to hump the dream that he’s passable, placing him on the DL following tonight’s disaster in Anaheim, and calling up Neil Wagner to help ease a bullpen that once again needed to clean up a turd of another kind, which came again from the arm of Josh Johnson.

With a $16-million contract and a two-year commitment to play left field, it’s not like John Gibbons has had much choice but to run Melky out there this year, but with his legs– and the season– in the condition they’re currently in, it’s clearly become untenable.

Maybe it always was– the Jays starters’ second-worst-in-the-league ERA can’t have been helped by poor defence too often at a few too many positions, though their second-worst-in-the-league FIP suggests it’s more down to the pitchers– and certainly they’ll have to reconsider what to do with him next season, as he’s looked far more like a DH than an outfielder this year. And maybe not even that!

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Ahh, I said to myself, why the hell not go with yet another Melky post, on this a strange day in which we actually are allowing ourselves, for lack of anything better going on, to believe that there’s a possibility someone would actually want to take him and his contract?

So… here we go, because the Jays’ lineup against the A’s has been posted and tweeted out by the media hordes (including @ShiDavidi, who provides the image above), and… no Cabrera.

Dun dun dunn…

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I’m not sure this is necessarily a good thing, actually, given the reintroduction of “payroll parameters” into our vocabulary and the fact that the Jays aren’t playing for anything anyway, and could probably use getting an extended look at either Anthony Gose or Kevin Pillar in left field, but in today’s big piece on A-Rod and the Biogenesis mess at CBS Sports, Jon Heyman suggested that the possibility of additional punishment for Melky Cabrera, and others who have already served suspensions, is “remote.”

MLB is working with all the affected players and appears likely to suspend or have an agreement to suspend the other Biogenesis-linked players who have never previously been suspended for 50 games, though it’s remotely possible one or two others could get more than 50. Word is, though, that three players on the Biogenesis dockets — Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal — aren’t expected to be punished further as they are apparently considered to have done their time with suspensions served for failed tests in 2012.

He doesn’t entirely close the door on a suspension for Melky, but that’s about as good a bit of news (y’know, for his wallet) as we’ve heard on the subject. It makes sense, too, I think, given that Ryan Braun, who was such a massive target of MLB’s investigation, only got 65 games. Melky, were he to be suspended under the league’s drug testing policy, and not through whatever magical powers of the commissioner Braun had extra games tacked on for, and A-Rod appears to be running headlong into, would have been looking at a 100 game absence, which seems a bit disproportionate, right?

I don’t know. Sounds like we don’t have to worry about it, and that Melky will be safely patrolling (read: standing statue-like, then feebly running like your arthritic grandmother) in left field for the months to come.  Or, y’know, until sometime in August, because– despite what the rumour mill will tell you– I have a hard time believing anyone is actually interested in Cabrera’s contract at this point, so it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to move him in August, should the club so choose and a sucker come a-calling.

Which… actually is harsh, because I really still do believe Melky is a whole lot better than we’ve seen. He was always going to regress at least a little, but what we’ve seen– exacerbated by the hamstring issues, I truly want to believe– has been pretty fucking ridiculous. Find a taker for Adam Lind before tomorrow and Cabrera can be my DH next year real easy. Which… I don’t even know anymore if that’s just stubbornness or what. This season sure has fucked with the ol’ ability to trust in ones assessments, hasn’t it?