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All-Star Game MVP, former Royal Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games for positive drug test

August 15, 2012

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— San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.

The commissioner's office said Wednesday the suspension is effective immediately. Major League Baseball said Cabrera tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance, which violates MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera, right, of the San Francisco Giants, celebrates his two-run, fourth-inning home run with the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday. Cabrera helped the NL to an 8-0 rout of the AL in the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.

All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera, right, of the San Francisco Giants, celebrates his two-run, fourth-inning home run with the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday. Cabrera helped the NL to an 8-0 rout of the AL in the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.

"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Cabrera said in a statement released by the players' union. "I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I 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."

The MVP of the All-Star game last month in Kansas City, Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco. He was initially in the lineup for the series finale against the Washington Nationals playing left field and batting third.

"We were extremely disappointed to learn of the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program," the Giants said shortly before game time. "We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Giants will not comment further on this matter."

The 28-year-old Cabrera , who became a marketing phenomenon with nicknames like "Got Melk?", Melk Man and Melky Way, produced a 51-hit month in May. Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs. He hit safely in 25 of 29 games. The 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958.

Cabrera also set the San Francisco record for most hits in May, passing Hall of Famer Willie Mays' 49 from 1958.

Cabrera came to the Giants in a trade with Kansas City last November that sent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals. Cabrera — who signed a $6 million, one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration — batted .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs last season.

Comments

Steve Jacob 2 years, 7 months ago

So when a player suddenly gets good after a few bad years, he's juiced? Next your going to tell me Jose Bautista is too.

Steve Jacob 2 years, 7 months ago

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

Does not mean he admitted to cheating, just he used something he should not have.

parrothead8 2 years, 7 months ago

He took a drug test and failed. It doesn't take a lot of guts to admit something that has already been proven.

Ricky_Vaughn 2 years, 7 months ago

Sanchez trade finally starting to look better...

Steve Jacob 2 years, 7 months ago

BTW, I got to see the last two innings of Felix Hernandez on MLBTV.com. I wonder what it's like for a pitcher figuring out early in the game that his curve and breaking ball is unhitable and you have perfect command of it.

riverdrifter 2 years, 7 months ago

Giants getting their just deserts for sending the Royals Sanchez, singularly the worst MLB pitcher I've ever seen. Being a Royals fan, I've seen some bad ones. Sanchez's suckitude went off the charts. Plus, the Royals got rid of Sanchez in a tomato can swap for Jeremy Guthrie who has been lights out of late. It's all good!

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