San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera, in the midst of a career season with the first place Giants, was the winner of this year’s All-Star Game MVP.

Having already played 117 games this season, Cabrera will miss all 45 games remaining in the regular season. If the team is able to make the playoffs, he’ll miss the first five games before being eligible to play once again.

Near the end of July, rumors began circulating of a failed drug test, but Cabrera was adamant in denying the accuracy of such speculation.

It’s possible that a test had came back positive at that time, but the player appealed the original decision, and is only now being suspended after losing out on the appeals process.

This could be thought of as more than merely interesting side note in that it allowed San Francisco the time to acquire Hunter Pence prior to the trade deadline, a move that now softens the blow of Cabrera’s departure. However, the truth of the matter is that while the front office would have heard of the rumor at the same time that we did, they wouldn’t have learned of an impending suspension. The Giants were only notified earlier today.

The ramifications of the positive test are resounding for Cabrera, who had recently seen his negotiations on a contract extension with San Francisco come to a stand still. A free agent at season’s end, he’ll present a very interesting case for off season buyers, and the Giants themselves.

Also of note is that Cabrera currently sits second in the National League’s batting title with a .346 average after 501 plate appearances. That number is significant because one more PA is the cutoff to ensure that he qualifies for the end of season honor. Typically, the league would merely credit him with an out for any number of plate appearances he’s short of qualifying.

On a more personal level, this totally ruins my plans for a Melkman Hallowe’en costume.

Photo courtesy of Big League Stew.

If there is a bright side for Giants fans, and I’m admittedly trying really, really hard here, it’s that there won’t be any worries of vote splitting for the MVP award between Cabrera and Buster Posey.

Cabrera has released the following statement:

My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. 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.

Comments (33)

  1. No Contract extension for Melky, he could’ve got a lot of money too.

  2. More Brandon Belt?!

  3. No wonder Lincecum’s been struggling this year…

  4. HahahahahahahhahahahahhhH.

  5. No respect for juice pigs.

  6. Great. Fodder for the “career year = juicing” crowd…. damn it Melky!

  7. If you can’t go as a Melkman, you can still go as Amy G

  8. Hmmm he was one of my targets for the Jays outfield next year. This will certainly get a team a discount.

  9. Signing Melky Cabrera following a positive PED test is the new market inefficiency

  10. Annnd the Giants are done for this year. If they get anywhere near the playoffs, I hope people protest.

    • Makes sense Randall

      • You forgot to include your sarcasm emoticon.
        …either that or you are serious…

        • I hope he’s serious. Every time Cabrera was in the lineup, the Giants had an underhanded edge over the other team. That’s not fair to players that play by the rules, and it distorts the legacy of the team.

          • So…. any team that has a player who ultimately tests positive for a banned substance should… what?… forfeit every game of the season and end up 0-162?

          • I’m just saying that it’s unfair to other teams. Look out for D-Back/Dodgers fans if you do make it.

          • He cheated. He’s getting suspended. Does San Francisco have to forfeit any boost to their economy that was a result of extra fans being downtown for games?

  11. Just Melky being Manny….

  12. This is a sad story.

  13. haha (adding length)
    haha

  14. Wow, this is disappointing. Such a shame.

    Guess I had better go drop him in my pool……fuck.

  15. Love Melly but mistake?

  16. Parkes, you need to take it down a notch with this constant Giant’s ballwashing. We get it already.

    • Glad I’m not the only one who sees it.

      Other than that, I’m excited to hear the podcast tomorrow.

      • He’s a Giants fan. That’s what fans do.
        Don’t tell me you don’t talk the same about your favourite teams.

        … WHY he’s a Giants fan, I’ll never know. But to each his own i guess.

  17. Go Dodgers

    or

    Viva Los Doyers

  18. No sense crying over spilled Milk

    Any Giants fan complaining about losing in 2012 – Sour Milk replaces Sour Grapes

    Biggest Loser – SF Costume Houses fully stocked with Milkman outfits ready to go for a big Halloween 2012

    I want a Melky Fathead so I can stencil “Actual Size” on the forehead

  19. M-M-M-MUSCLE MELK!!

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