The San Francisco Giants are in a position to make a serious World Series run, but that plan took a massive hit when All-Star Melky Cabrera tested positive for performance enhancing drugs last week. So it’s safe to say Cabrera doesn’t want his season to end like this — not like this.
Well it’s not ending like that, well not if Cabrera is anywhere near a computer and has anything to say about it. Cabrera mounted a massive campaign to avoid the suspension, one that included creating a fake website with a fake product to try and convince the MLB that he was innocent and had been set up to fail the test.
Bud Selig might not be the most liked man in the world of baseball, but he’s not a total idiot and he can spot a phony website as good as anyone else.
Cabrera created the bunk website in order to fool the players union and league offices into believing that he had accidentally purchased fraudulent spiked with testosterone. Instead it ended up that Cabrera fraudulently took advantage of the new CBA, which allows players who test positive for PED’s to mount a case claiming they were set up, or unknowingly took the drug.
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement released Wednesday by the 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 Giants All-Star is currently leading the National League in hits with 159 and is second in the Majors behind the Pirate’s Andrew McCutchen. At the time of his suspension last Wednesday, Cabrera was batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs.
His suspension is the latest in a line of high-profile drug failures. This winter, Milwaukee Brewers MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for PEDs after winning his first Most Valuable Player award. But Braun was also the first high-profile player to be busted and then have his name cleared thanks to the case he built against the results.
Cabrera’s suspension was upheld and he will miss the remainder of the Giants regular season. The remaining five games of his suspension will be served in the playoffs or at the beginning of next season, which ever comes first. If the Giants make the postseason, Cabrera won’t be eligible to play in San Francisco’s wild card series and if it doesn’t go to five full games, he’ll continue his suspension during the NLCS.