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Chipper Jones knows a rat when he sees one. That no good cheater Melky Cabrera took something he shouldn’t, disgracing the game and breaking the rules. Worse yet, the fool had the temerity to do so after he left the Braves, re-dedicating himself to the game after his brief time in Atlanta.

The nerve, I mean really.

For what it’s worth, Melky Cabrera already has two hits tonight, raising his OPS by nearly 70 points since the beginning of yesterday’s game. Almost as if he slumped to begin the season but is seeing the ball better and feeling better in his swing right now. But that can’t be it, can it?

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has reportedly decided to pull out of the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He was included on the Dominican Republic’s provisional roster that was released last month along with teammates Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion and Esmil Rogers.

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Saint Anthopoulos’ School for Wicked Boys enrols another wayward soul! Enrique Rojas first reported (and is now confirmed by countless other reporters) that Melky Cabrera signs with the Toronto Blue Jays for two years and $16 million dollars. Cabrera missed the final 50 games of the 2012 season after he was suspended for a violation of the league’s drug policy. At the time of his suspension, Cabrera led the National League in batting average, posting career high numbers across the board with the Giants. The switch-hitter becomes the Blue Jays every day left fielder and slots into the number two spot in their batting order.

What are the Jays going to get from Melky Cabrera? His last two seasons are great but how much, if any, of his production comes courtesy of whatever substances he crammed into his veins? Two straight 4 Win seasons are terrific but will fans accept some decline in the face of his suspension?

Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays front office clearly don’t care. They see a “buy low” opportunity on a productive player who comes with some baggage – the kind of baggage they can stomach. Fans in Toronto (or any city) are more than willing to forgive contrite stars as long as they perform like stars.

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With nothing, at all, going on in the baseball world right now, thank heavens for Melky Cabrera. No, Melky hasn’t signed or committed any crimes against humanity this week but he is certainly here to help the beleaguered bloggers and news editors of the world.

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As I wrote about yesterday, the San Francisco Giants face an interesting decision once Melky Cabrera’s suspension comes to its conclusion. Will the team add him to their playoff roster, assuming they’re still in the playoffs; or will a 50 game layoff combined with the distraction he’s bound to cause be considered too much of a hindrnace?

By all reports, the Giants are leaning toward excluding Cabrera from their playoff run, and they’re expected to announce as much either today or tomorrow. This is a tricky bit of business, because the team can’t be seen to be further punishing the player beyond his 50 game suspension. According to Section 7 of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Policy:

No Club may take any disciplinary or adverse action against a Player (including, but not limited to, a fine, suspension, or any adverse action pursuant to a Uniform Player’s Contract) because of a Player’s violation of the Program.

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By now, we’ve likely all been made aware of the story: Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone, a banned substance under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Policy. After his punishment was announced, the San Francisco Giants outfielder left his team without so much as a note saying he was sorry. According to the narrative, this act of cowardice from Cabrera drew the team together and solidified their drive to a division championship.

Now, with the Giants having clinched first place in the National League West, the team has guaranteed itself entrance into one of the two National League Division Series. This brings us to the second part of the Melky Cabrera suspension story: He’s eligible to play in the playoffs after his team has completed five games.

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