The San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was having the best season of his career, batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs, but that all came crumbling down today when he tested positive for testosterone.
Upon the test results, the commissioner’s office slapped this year’s MVP of the All-Star game with a 50-game suspension effective immediately.
“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.”
When asked about the suspension, the Giants said “We were extremely disappointed to learn of the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program.” Adding, “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.”
In his first year with the Giants, Cabrera quickly became a marketing phenomenan with nicknames including, “Got Melk?” “Melk Man,” and “Melky Way.” The 28-year-old player had the month of his life in May by setting the San Francisco record for most hits in May, passing Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958 with his 51. Cabrera will become a free-agent at the end of this season. [SI]