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Milk Man Fails Drug Test, Earns October Bonus

By bullpenbrian - November 7, 2012 - 4:00 am 3 comments.

It turns out Melky Cabrera will earn a full share of the Giants’ postseason revenue split.

What a shame.

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.

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Giants Don’t Cry Over PEDs Enhanced Milk

By bullpenbrian - October 29, 2012 - 5:30 am 4 comments.

I’m wondering if the Giants present Melky Cabrera with a World Series ring and a share of the championship winning spoils? I know I wouldn’t.

Why reward this bum for pumping his body full of PEDs and subsequently missing the stretch-run of the regular season while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive test? Some help that was in the Giants winning the pennant.

Oh, and that little prank Cabrera pulled with the fake website…that doesn’t earn a free pass, either. In fact, it only made matters worse, making his suspension a bigger distraction for the Giants and an even bigger joke of Melky himself. Seriously Milk Boy, grow up.

It’s no wonder the Giants left Cabrera off the postseason roster. San Fran knew they didn’t need him to win…and they were right.

But the fact remains Melky is still listed on the 40-man roster, and that’s often the players who receive the hardware.

Now, there’s no denying Cabrera was the Giants best player up until his suspension. He also played a key role helping San Francisco gain World Series home field advantage with his MVP performance in the All Star game, albeit as an unknown cheat at the time.

But ultimately it’s up to the Giants players on how the postseasons earnings are divvied up–and left up to the organization on who receives World Series rings. So it’s possible, unfortunately, one side could have a soft spot for the Milk Man. Although personally, I hope neither side does.

If bet if Melky has his fingers crossed for one of the two awards it’s most likely the paycheck over the ring. The Cardinals divided up its World Series earnings last year to a handsome share of $323,170 per player.

Cabrera, meanwhile, lost $1.6M while suspended…and will likely miss out on cashing in on what once appeared a huge contract opportunity for him this offseason.

But hey, that’s the price of cheating…and a pretty lenient one in my eyes.

To baseball’s credit, the league chose to eliminate Cabrera from consideration for the league’s batting title award following his suspension (please spare me on Melky’s publicity stunt to also ask for his removal) and my hope is the Giants will follow suit.

The last thing baseball needs is a known steroids user walking away with postseason earnings or a coveted world championship ring–or both.

So it’s up to the Giants organization and players to send the right message that a drug cheat deserves neither, whether he’s served his suspension or not.

No clean drug test. No rewards. And especially not for the tainted Milk Man.

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