The baseball world was rocked late Tuesday night when ESPN’s Outside The Lines dropped a bombshell on the sport, reporting that up to 20 players could be receiving suspensions due to their connection with Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis steroid clinic. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is one of the names listed in documents obtained from the clinic but he’s telling everyone to hold the phone when it comes to suspending him again for PED use.
Cabrera spoke with USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz and said simply that he’s paid his dues and served his sentence once for testing positive for steroids and he doesn’t think he should have to do it again.
“I don’t know anything about it. This is the first I hear of it. If they suspend me again, I think that would be a harsh punishment because I already served my sentence. But it’s up to them. I believe I’ve already served my sentence, especially missing the playoffs. That’s what hurt me the most.”
Last season Cabrera was suspended 50 games for testing positive for PEDs while playing with the San Francisco Giants and the news sent shockwaves through baseball. Cabrera was leading the Giants into the the home stretch of the season and was fresh off winning the All-Star MVP award.
He might have a case if the suspension he received in August of last season was related to PEDs obtained from the Biogenesis clinic. But if he’s suspended twice in under a year for PEDs, Melky Cabrera says that the decision is up to the league and that essentially he’s going to have to live with whatever happens.