It turns out Melky Cabrera will earn a full share of the Giants’ postseason revenue split.
Al Saracevic of SFGate.com does a nice job explaining the details of what he calls an ‘obscure union rule’ that entitled Cabrera to get his full piece of the money pie.
“He spent 117 games on the roster this season, and he stood to make 72.2 percent of a full share. But an obscure union rule mandates a full share if a player’s team plays 10 games after the suspended player is eligible to be reinstated.
Cabrera was eligible to come back for Game 1 of the NLCS. The Giants chose to keep him on the shelf, but the team also played 11 more playoff games. And that triggers a full share for Melky.” –Al Saracevic
It’s absolutely ridiculous if you ask me. A player suspended for PEDs use shouldn’t get the benefit of a paycheck he didn’t fairly earn.
As with any union, the Players Association’s job is to look out for the best interest of all of its members. But this is an obvious loophole that needs closing.
The players share their own responsibility in protecting the integrity of the game. Protecting suspended PEDs users like Cabrera clearly is not in the best interest of the players or the league.
In fact, it’s time baseball amended the rules on suspended drug cheats of which I’d like to suggest the following:
- Increase the suspension for first time offenders from 50-games to a 100-game ban.
- Any offender is automatically disqualified from winning league awards during the season of his suspension.
- Automatic ineligibility from season’s postseason series, including any earnings from addition playoff revenue.
- A lifetime ban for funding a fraudulent website in attempt to clear any wrongdoings.
- Do not cross ‘Go’. Do not collect $200 (too harsh?)
Seriously though, if the league and its players are truly committed to discouraging the use of illegal performance enhancers it must adopt a policy with punishments that outweigh the risk for potential gains by an individual player who uses PEDs.
Additionally, the Giants proved this year a team can lose its best player and still win the World Series. That leaves no excuse for the other 29 teams to take further actions to discourage players from using performance enhancers.
Not only is Melky Cabrera a coward and a cheat, he’s a disgrace to professional baseball, his peers and his fans. To reward this clown with postseason earnings he didn’t earn is absurd.
Baseball deserves credit for taking long strides to clean up the game post-steroids era. But the league and the Players Union need to take another step forward to get this snafu patched up.
Melky won’t be the last idiot to try and cheat the game, but he should be the last player who receives additional financial compensation after testing positive for steroids. It’s an embarrassing ‘obscure rule’ that doesn’t make sense or should play out a second time.