The San Francisco Giants lost outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 50-Game Suspension, for testosterone use. Making matters even more shocking is that Cabrera admitted, flat-out, that he did in fact use this drug. It is amazing, that players continue to “spit in the face” of MLB’s suspensions, in favor of using these drugs. This season there has already been the Ryan Braun saga, Freddy Galvis has been suspended, Guillermo Mota has also been suspended. Last season, Manny Ramirez was banned for the second time, for PED use. It is ridiculous that players don’t even seem to care that they will be suspended and lose salary, reputation and fan support, in the process.
As a Yankee fan, I used to be a fan of Melky Cabrera. I was very upset, when I found out that Melky was optioned to Triple-A on August 15th, 2008 (August 15th, is a terrible day for him, steroid suspension and banishment to Triple-A, on that day). I enjoyed watching Cabrera have a breakout year last season, in Kansas City, and a great season this year, in San Francisco. His winning the All-Star Game MVP, really made it seem like he had arrived, as a superstar.
If I had actually seen details of Cabrera’s personal life, I should have seen this coming. He is an individual who lacks character and integrity. This man has three children, with three different women, none of whom he is married to. This man also has been a player, who has treated the game with no respect in the past, so why would this year be any different? Melky was never one to actually hustle and give 100% effort. He would routinely come into Yankees camp in very poor physical condition. That epidemic got even worse, during his time with the Atlanta Braves, as he was overweight and hit just .255 with 4 homers in 2010. It is no surprise now that Cabrera has cheated baseball, yet again. It is even less of a surprise, that he knew what he was doing and just decided to ignore baseball’s rules, and do it anyway. During the All-Star Game, when Cabrera homered, he tried to high-five Robinson Cano, of the opposition, further showing no regard for the competition of baseball. He didn’t even try to deny that he took steroids, he only lied about it before it was confirmed, another cowardly move.
It is truly a great thing that the Yankees got rid of Cabrera, when they did. Robinson Cano would likely have been incapable of turning into this type of player, had Melky stayed in town. Melky has shown himself to be immature, a selfish man, and a cheat. That would have definitely been an impediment toward the growth of Cano. Cabrera treats the game with no respect and actually seemed to be rubbing off on Cano.
There could also be a steroids connection, between Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez. When Cabrera decided to dedicate himself to fitness, he began working with A-Rod, another ex-steroid user. Could that be what lead Cabrera to use steroids? It is probably more likely Cabrera’s questionable character, but nothing can be ruled out.
Cabrera has a lot to learn about maturity. This ban is a start, but 50 games on the suspended list, is no where near enough time for Melky to learn many character lessons, because he needs a reformation. He is a free agent at the end of the year…Buyer Beware!