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Time to Say Goodbye to Melkey
September 18, 2012 - Al Stephenson
The San Francisco Giants are steamrolling to the National League playoffs. Assuming they get in and play more than five games, a situation is going to come up that will have the entire nation watching.
Melkey Cabrera led the Giants to a winning record before the All Star break, but shortly thereafter he failed a drug test. Cabrera tested positive for testosterone, a substance banned by baseball. To make matters worse, his people created a fake website to try to get out of any punishment. Cheat, get caught, and then try to lie your way out of it... Melkey Cabrera is not well thought of these days, in San Francisco or anywhere else in the country.
His punishment was a 50 game suspension. The Giants had 45 games left in the regular season when the penalty was handed down. You can do the math. The Giants stay alive in the playoffs for five games and Cabrera becomes eligible. Will he play? Should he play?
From what I have gathered in checking out the situation, it's not likely we will see him in a Giant uniform this year or for years to come. It appears the Giants are distancing themselves from Cabrera. Maybe they are still recovering from dealing with Barry Bonds and his performance enhancing drug days. Even if the Giants had not had to deal with the Bonds drama, not playing Cabrera this season is the ethical thing to do. Not pursuing him as he enters free agency after this season seems prudent to me as well.
A couple of other issues will come up even if Cabrera does not play in the post season. Should he be eligible for the batting title? If the Giants win the World Series should Cabrera get a share of the purse? Frequently players who contributed during the season but did not play in the Series are granted a share. Hopefully that will not be the case this time.
Here's my take on the Melkey Cabrera problem. He should not be allowed to play in the post season. He should not be eligible for the batting title. He cheated, remember? If the Giants win the Series, they could create an extra share but not give it to Cabrera. Instead they should donate it to charity.
The view from my seat suggests that all Major League teams should pass on Melkey Cabrera in the future. He has made his choice and it was the wrong one. If a team does take a chance on him, it would not surprise me. After all winning is what it's all about - even if sometimes it shouldn't be.
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