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Melky Vday

Welp. Seems like every member of the Jays’ staff is already on ludicrous ol’ Dunedin time, because it was at 7:01 AM this morning (which is a time that, apparently, exists) that my inbox was hit with a release from the club– and not just any old we sold out the home opener bit of typical PR babble.

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, Melky Cabrera finally talked about PED stuff, then said he was through talking about it. Like, forever-ish. For the sake of completeness, here’s the full statement:

“Last season ended for me when I admitted taking a banned substance and accepted and served my punishment of a 50 game suspension. Since that day, my goals have been to serve my punishment and to put that mistake behind me, and to work hard to be the best baseball player I can be. At the end of last season, when it became clear that I would win the batting title despite my positive test, I asked the Players Association and MLB to make sure a more deserving player won, and I am very happy that my former teammate Buster Posey won that award instead of me.

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When the Miami New Times broke the story of Biogenesis this week, including dealings that the Jays’ big off-season signing, Melky Cabrera, had with the allegedly corrupt anti-aging clinic, it seemed as though nothing terribly new was uncovered.

The earliest date associated with Melky’s use in the original New Times story was in December of 2011. Cabrera, we know, was found to have elevated levels of testosterone during the 2012 season, was suspended for the violation of MLB’s drug policy, and has already served his fifty games.

Today, however, while we don’t have anything new linking the All-Star Game MVP to particular substances or regimens, we see that his relationship with the clinic may go back farther than was initially reported. The New Times has published what they call The Melky Files– a chronicle of all the times that Cabrera’s name appears in notebooks obtained from the clinic– and it turns out that the first notebooks he’s mentioned in were labelled “2009″.

The overlay in the image above came from one of these notebooks, along with two other similarly non-specific mentions of his name in 2009 and one more in 2010.

So, what do we make of this?

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Obviously, given the fact that he ended the year suspended, and bizarrely attempted to create a website that would make it look as though he had inadvertently taken a banned substance, a link between the Jays’ big off-season free agent splash, Melky Cabrera, and PEDs is hardly shocking.

Seeing a reference to his “cocktail of drugs,” perhaps is, though.

Reading him called a “slugger” definitely is, and it’s about there where one might start wondering– fairly or not– about how players’ drug use is being characterized in the explosive new Miami New Times article that implicates Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, and many others in having procured performance enhancing drugs from an allegedly corrupt anti-aging clinic in Miami.

Here’s the section of the piece pertaining to Cabrera:

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Melky Signs Officially

Because obviously I would never want to stop staring at a computer screen for a few damn hours, angrily tweeting with people desperate to work out a way to bring Roy Halladay back, or certain best catching prospect in baseball Travis d’Arnaud needs to be traded because he’s “unproven,” or that JP Arencibia is a whole lot better than his yet-to-break-.285 OBP might suggest, the Jays just continue making news, officially confirming tonight, by way of an official release, their signing of Melky Cabrera.

So… there’s that.

Or… well, there could be a few more words, I suppose, but why? We knew it was coming. I think we’ve all digested it. Let’s drink a beer or something– or, atleast if you’re not, I know I am…

Got Melk?

In the middle of a career year, Melky Cabrera was suspended for fifty games last season after he tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which indicated usage of performance enhancing drugs. After being found out, and while appealing the ban, Cabrera had a website setup to reverse-engineer a digital trail that would make it appear as though he had purchased a legal supplement in good faith, aiming to argue that he’d ingested the drugs through no fault of his own. He was quickly found out, failed to get the ban overturned, and when it expired five games into the playoffs, the San Francisco Giants declined to add him to their playoff roster, despite having an anaemic offence– which obviously didn’t hinder them very much.

So… why sign him?

Oddly enough, it’s kinda mostly because of that.

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