San Francisco Giants all-star outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games from the MLB after violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
BREAKING: Giants OF Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance.
— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2012
Cabrera was the MVP of this year’s All Star game. The commissioner’s office has released a statement:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.
The Domincan outfielder outfielder issued a statement of his own and did not give any denial: “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used.”
Cabrera is in his first season with the Giants and has previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. He won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. He hit for the cycle in the same year.
In his career, Cabrera has hit 68 home runs and had a batting average of .284.
It is never good to see one of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars get popped for performance-enhancing drugs but it is an even bigger black eye when that player is the reigning Most Valuable Player of the All Star game.