The San Francisco Giants took what was supposed to be the hit to sink their season when Melky Cabrera was suspended on August 15 for a positive PED test. As of October 13, Cabrera has served his sentence and been reinstated by Major League Baseball, but the Giants' decision to hold him off of their postseason roster -- as stated on September 27 -- remains unchanged.
I know common sense says that Cabrera messed up and he shouldn't be rewarded for such actions. However, he also shouldn't be punished for any longer than it was deemed necessary by Major League Baseball. I understand it is the Giants' prerogative to keep him out of postseason play and that is exactly what they intend to do, but I don't believe it does either party any good to keep him away from the team.
If the Giants are truly considering re-signing him next year as sources are reporting, why not begin the healing process now? Why not let him rejoin his teammates, explain himself, and get back into the groove? As far as Cabrera staying away, I can only think of one solid reason as to why they would want to keep Cabrera away -- team chemistry. If Cabrera gets pushed back into the fray amidst the Giants trying to make a playoff run, the entropy of the team could increase greatly. The last thing Giants' management wants to do is ruin their chances at another World Series by adding an unnecessary distraction. A distraction that I think would be nullified by the leaders in the clubhouse.
As for myself, I think Cabrera should be shoved right back onto the Giants' 25-man roster. To put it plainly: he served his suspension, now let him play.
Cabrera fueled the Giants' offense for a good part of the season and if anything I think his bat would be a great asset off the bench. I understand the Giants are taking a stand and trying to prove a point, but keeping Cabrera away could be to the detriment of the team.
You can argue all you want that the team is doing just fine without Cabrera, but wouldn't you rather have Cabrera's bat on the bench over Aubrey Huff? Or even have the possibility of starting Cabrera in left field and having a truly deadly middle of the order with Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, and Cabrera? I know I would. It's just too bad the Giants don't see it that way.
Food for thought: Should the Giants let Melky Cabrera play or are the Giants doing the right thing by keeping him away from the team?
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions -- all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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CBSsports.com. Report: Giants to consider re-signing Melky Cabrera this offseason. MLB 2012.
ESPN.com. Melky Cabrera reinstated after ban. MLB 2012.
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