Melky Cabrera Suspended For Positive PED Test

Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, reports ESPN's Jorge Arangure (on Twitter). MLB has confirmed both the suspension and that substance was testosterone. The suspension takes effect immediately and will cost him the rest of the season.

"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," said Cabrera through a statement, courtesy of Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle (on Sulia). "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." 

Cabrera, 28, was in the middle of a breakout season and is scheduled to hit free agency this coming winter. Both Melky and the team recently agreed to put contract extension talks on hold. Cabrera hit .346/.390/.516 with 11 homers in 501 plate appearances during his first season in San Francisco, earning him his first All-Star Game nomination.

Ryan Braun was suspended for a failed PED test this past offseason but successfully appealed and did not miss any games. Cabrera will not do the same based on his statement. He was set to hit the open market as one of the most coveted free agents available due to his age and production, but the suspension will surely impact his next contract, perhaps in a real big way.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com confirmed that Cabrera will be eligible to play in the postseason once his suspension is over (Twitter link). He would have to miss his team's first four games, however. The Giants are currently tied atop the NL West with the Dodgers at 64-53.


Leave a Reply

180 Comments on "Melky Cabrera Suspended For Positive PED Test"


Yanks48
3 years 14 days ago

NOOOOO! WHY MELKY!

Brian Jud
3 years 14 days ago

That’s a damn shame. It really is.

vtadave
3 years 14 days ago

WOW…
I’m a Dodgers fan, but this is too bad really. Season over Giants.

monkeydung
3 years 14 days ago

i’m a dodgers fan. and last i saw the giants still have Posey hitting like he’s juicing too (not accusing – just saying he’s that good), huntern pence, and panda on top of a killer rotation. not over yet.

randomkeys
3 years 14 days ago

Yeah, when you lose one of your best players, it usually means the end of the season. Someone should tell Mariano Rivera and the Yankees.

vtadave
3 years 13 days ago

Problem there is, the Yankees still have very good relievers in Robertson, Soriano, and even Rapada. The Giants are replacing a top 6 or 7 MVP candidate with Angel Pagan.

randomkeys
3 years 13 days ago

Yeah, I think he was getting a lot of good press, and would probably have ranked high in MVP voting. Personally, I was excited to see him hitting better, but he never bowled me over. Lots of singles, very few walks, and (although it’s a small sample size), his last month has been relatively average for his career line. I have always wondered whether he just got hot for a while, or was actually becoming a star player.

And of course, the Yankees have other good relievers. And on the flip side, no one player reforms an offense. Far far better individual players have been on equally adequate teams and not won it all (this Boston fan looks at Williams, Yaz, Rice, etc. as examples).

I just think it’s not quite “season over.” There’s still talent on that team (Posey, Sandoval, Cain, Vogelsong, etc.), and I think that even without Cabrera, they can be a factor in the NL West.

notsureifsrs
3 years 13 days ago

you’re right that this doesn’t doom the giants, but you’re arguing it the wrong way. relievers are not analogous to everyday players

randomkeys
3 years 13 days ago

My point was only that the Yankees lost their Hall of Fame closer, and are still owning their division. And while I agree, closers and outfielders are not analogous, I was only saying what you ultimately echoed, which is that losing one player does not mean doom and gloom.

Christopher McElroy
3 years 14 days ago

Reporter: “Melky! What do you have to say about your recent PED suspension?”
Melky: “Thank you”.

Canteev
3 years 14 days ago

Lol, I’m sure you’re referring to the All Star game. Reporter: “Melky, where’s your mom?” Melky: Thank you to the fans. Reporter: “Melky, where’s your grandmother?” Melky: I want to thank the fans. That was hilarious. I’m a Yankees fan, so I can assure you that he’s at least been in the U.S. since 2005 and he still can’t put 2 sentences together.

Karkat
3 years 14 days ago

Anyone else remember that “I like-a da woman” video that surfaced a couple years back?

Christopher McElroy
3 years 13 days ago

Yessir thats the reference!

Casor_Greener
3 years 14 days ago

Old Melky on the sauce. A lot has been made clear.

feztonio
3 years 13 days ago

well as john sterling always says.. the melk-man always delivers !!! apparently he was delivering juiced to the moon on roids.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 13 days ago

I was always taught that Melk did the body good? Little did I know it was really just testosterone shots?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 14 days ago

They don’t call it doping for nothing.

Gothapotamus
3 years 14 days ago

Die big. Die strong. Dianabol.

Way to go, Melky.

3 years 14 days ago

The Dodgers just won the division.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 14 days ago

They still have a lot of work to do, but at least they won’t be competing against a ringer.

3 years 14 days ago

Well, that explains a lot…

Wilsonl
3 years 14 days ago

Well there goes the season..

Jwick22
3 years 14 days ago

I think he started in k.c. doing it but wasnt going to say anything because I would get lit up with negative feed back. He was a completely different player last year and this year. Kiss that huge pay raise good bye. He could he could have got an extension then slacked off and be paid like a king for five years

mlbscout6
3 years 14 days ago

That’s the new American Dream.

Jwick22
3 years 14 days ago

I for sure think thats what he was going to do. He knew he would get caught at some point. But if he could just not get caught till his new contract then lay off the ped’s and let nature take its course

itsmewade
3 years 14 days ago

Oops

melonis_rex
3 years 13 days ago

best comment on the entire thread.

3 years 14 days ago

now the melk man is the juice man

Dan Gorgone
3 years 14 days ago

45 games to go. If the Giants make the playoffs, does that mean he can come back for the NLCS… if they make it that far?

jb226
3 years 14 days ago

I don’t see why that wouldn’t be the case. They’d have to add him to their roster of course and they’d have to decide if they want to plug a guy in who hasn’t had an AB since mid August, but I don’t see why they couldn’t.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 14 days ago

MLB would probably approve some minor league rehab games if it wasn’t already August.

MB923
3 years 13 days ago

Yes they mentioned he can return in the playoffs if they make it to the NLCS of course

Brandon Smith
3 years 14 days ago

Holy crap that sucks for the Giants

BMiggy
3 years 14 days ago

Someone will stay pay him good money

phillies1102
3 years 14 days ago

At least he was doing something with the steroids. Freddy Galvis was hitting .230 on the juice, so kudos to him. Well, not really….

Ralph Carlson
3 years 13 days ago

Freddy Galvis downvoted this

Max S
3 years 14 days ago

Looks like Melky got… spoiled

ubercubsfan
3 years 14 days ago

That would be awesome line if he was playing for a Florida team.

(•_•) oO(Looks like Melky…)
( •_•)>⌐■-■
(⌐■_■) oO(Got spoiled.)

YEAAAAAAHHHH!

3 years 14 days ago

No way! Is this for real??? I am so shocked if this is true! WOW! There goes their season if it is true! I guess he was doing more than just drinking “Melk.”Huh? LOL!

Kelevra
3 years 14 days ago

the melky mystery has been solved….it wasn’t a re-dedication to the game, it was a pending free agent doping to get a big payday.

Karkat
3 years 14 days ago

Very disappointing to see a guy I thought was having a renaissance get busted for this. I bet the Giants are glad they didn’t ink him to an 8-figure contract last month now, though.

At least he fessed up to it. That’s more than some guys can say. *cough*McGwire*cough*Clemens*cough*

jwsox
3 years 14 days ago

more than likely would have been able to void it

Chris1G
3 years 13 days ago

*cough*McGwire*cough*

J. Alora
3 years 14 days ago

Well, I guess I’m glad the Giants didn’t sign him to a huge extension. Still, this sucks for my favorite team and baseball in general.