Is Melky Cabrera’s 50-Game Suspension Fair? (POLL)

The All-Star MVP tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.


After feelings of jubilation from defeating the Washington Nationals Tuesday, San Francisco Giants fans along the Peninsula were likely devastated at the news that left-fielder Melky “The Melk Man” Cabrera would be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance (PES.)

By testing positive for a PES, this year’s All-Star MVP in the National League is in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, according to an article on MLB.com.

"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," the second-leading hitter said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association. "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," said Cabrera.

The Twitter sphere exploded with irate—and jaded— sports fans.

@FakeGeneLamont: I blame the Language barrier for Melky Cabrera not being able to "Ryan Braun" his way out of his situation.

@BMSLB54 How many times do I have to tell people?!? Steroids are for LOSERS!! Rabies will give you the edge. #BMS #melkycabrera

Former all-stars from other sports, including National Basketball League player, @JalenRose: Suspended Melky Cabrera wins All Star game MVP giving the NL homefield advantage in the World Series. Really exposes a bad idea. #MLB

Do you think a 50-game suspension is an appropriate punishment? Let us know in the comments.

Louis Gascoigne August 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Kali, Olympic-style testing makes cheating more difficult because the tests are not announced, but yes I think you're probably right.
Mary McLinden August 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
He knew the rule and the consequence. He got caught. End of story.
George Muteff August 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Good points, all. I think the thing that bothers me the most, however, are the consequences to the team and sport. So one guy gets nailed (again) for illegal enhancement. What do you suppose he was thinking when he took the enhancements? It would appear that he was thinking about himself - at the expense of the team. team - noun: a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport. I see nothing in that definition about an individual. In team sports, everyone on the team is expected to put the team fist, above themselves. That's what makes a team a team. I don't care how good this guy is. He put himself in front of his teammates and risked the entire organization as a result - and got caught. The Giants should terminate him, fill his slot and move on. The suspension will cost Cabrera a ton of money, but that does not address the real issue / the core issue. The Giants need to do that. That's how a message gets sent.
Jim C August 20, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Right on!
Vince Chutney August 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Now I wish I paid extra for the "no questions asked return policy" on my milkman costume. Well, I guess there's always Halloween...


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