The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

October 25, 2012

Glade's Games

WASHINGTON —

As the World Series begins Wednesday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, disgraced San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera won’t be with the Giants, because he doesn’t deserve to be.

Since the San Francisco Giants overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the NLCS over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, there has been plenty of talk about whether or not the Giants should add Cabrera to the World Series roster. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone. At the time of the positive test, Cabrera was leading the National League with a .346 batting average.

When Cabrera chose to take a banned substance he made the decision for the Giants very easy.

He got caught, and the Giants have made the right decision to leave him off the roster.

Yes, when Cabrera was in the lineup he was one of the best hitters in baseball, but people conveniently forget that those numbers are manufactured.

They aren’t real. The real Cabrera is a .275 hitter, not the guy who won the All Star Game MVP in July, and ultimately helped the Giants earn home field advantage in the World Series, as soon as people realize this they will come to their senses that he isn’t the key to the Giants winning four of the next seven games.

The Giants overcame a 2-0 lead to Cincinnati in the Divsion Series and a 3-1 lead to St. Louis in the NLCS, all without Cabrera. This is the same Cabrera that is on his fourth different team in the last four years.

Batting him third, the spot in the lineup he held four and a half months won’t increase the Giants odds of beating the Detroit Tigers, if anything it will provide a distraction.

If Cabrera is let back in the clubhouse, the entire Giants organization will have to answer questions as to why he cheated and is being welcomed back.

It is a little odd considering these are the Giants, the franchise that protected all-time home run king Barry Bonds for years amid allegations that he used steroids late in his career.

Bonds, of course never failed a steroid test, something Cabrera did in the midst of what seemed like a dream season for the veteran outfielder.

What the Giants did in the past is irrelevant, what they are doing now with Cabrera is the absolute right decision.

If they allowed him to play, they would effectively be telling him you cheated, but it’s ok we forgive you. Cabrera would be an upgrade over current leftfielder Gregor Blanco, but it’s not worth it. The Giants trusted Cabrera once and he let them down big time.

Would he have been truthful, and informed the Giants of his steroid use had he not gotten caught? Would he have turned down the likely $50 million contract the Giants may have offered him to tell the truth? Highly unlikely.

The fact is the Giants gave Cabrera a shot to be part of his second championship team in four years, and he blew it. (Cabrera was the starting centerfielder on the New York Yankees 2009 championship team)

For their confidence in his skills, all the Giants got in return was embarrassment. The decision to go without Cabrera for the duration of the postseason and the World Series was a decision made by the Giants front office, but Cabrera made sure the decision was a no-brainer. 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT - WT082314 - ND01 - KFO Cougars, Bays topple Tecumseh in last second victory ELNORA — It wasn't quite the debut, North Daviess was looking for in the start to the football season, but it still counts as a win. The Cougars (1-0) defeated Tecumseh 14-6 in a sloppy affair Friday night in Cougar Valley behind two fourth quarter t

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area volleyball teams ready to hit the court The volleyball season was at an all-time high a year ago in Southwestern Indiana, as Barr-Reeve captured the Class A state title — the program's first championship. Expect the 2014 season to be as hotly contested as ever with five schools vying for r

    August 22, 2014

  • SPT-WT-082214-TIMBER SHELTON PIC Hatchet boys finish second in four-team meet The Washington boys cross country team placed second in a four-team meet with Wood Memorial, Vincennes Lincoln and Northeast Dubois. The Washington girls team didn’t place due not having enough runners, but still had three runners finish in the top 1

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-WT-082214-JACOB OVERTON PIC WHS takes down B-R, 4-1 MONTGOMERY — The 2014 boys tennis season is still in its infancy, but getting to matchup against an opponent you’re familiar with is always a good barometer. Washington (2-0) defeated Barr-Reeve (1-2) 4-1 Thursday afternoon, thanks to of all three si

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT-WT-082114-ND TEAM PHOTO New look for the 2014 Cougars ELNORA — The North Daviess Cougar football team will have some big shoes to fill in 2014, and, none will be bigger than replacing the state’s leading rusher Colton Lengacher.However, in spite of Lengacher’s loss to graduation, most believe Coach Scot

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-WT-082114-AMBER TAYLOR PIC WHS downs Pike Central, improves to 2-0 Another match and another win for the Washington volleyball team. The Hatchets (2-0) stayed undefeated by sweeping their opponent with ease. Washington dispatched Pike Central (25-16, 25-16, 25-15) just 24 hours after doing the same to Southridge.Was

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • WC takes down Shoals 8-0 in season-opener SHOALS — On the opening night of the boys soccer season, Washington Catholic looked to be in mid-season form. The Cardinals defeated Shoals 8-0 behind hat trick’s from Blaine Fuhs and Ethan Wichman. “In the first half we played pretty well,” said Was

    August 20, 2014

  • Hatchets cruise to season-opening win A first impression is important in all walks of life, and sports is no different. Washington started the boys soccer season with a dominant performance against Princeton Tuesday night at the Sports Complex. The Hatchets’ 14-0 victory featured a swarm

    August 20, 2014

  • Hatchet preview pic Hatchets ready to rebuild The Washington Hatchets hope that in spite of small numbers, a new offense will help add some wins to the 2014 Hatchets.Washington went 1-9 last season, but added a win against North Knox and played well in the sectional against powerhouse Brownstown

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Washington beats SullivanThe Washington boys tennis team started the season with a 5-0 win over Sullivan Monday night. Michael Ramsey (6-2, 6-1), Jacob Overton (6-2, 6-2) and Jayden Bailey (6-4, 6-2) were all victorious in the singles matches. Washin

    August 20, 2014