By Dennis Glade
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.