Dumped Melk -- Giants leave Melky Cabrera off playoff roster
Somewhere near the San Francisco locker room, Barry Zito breathes a sigh of relief that a different overpaid Giant gets this ubiquitous shame instead of him.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Wednesday that Melky Cabrera will be left off the Giants playoff roster. Cabrera would have been eligible to appear in the Giants' sixth postseason game, which would be during the NLCS. San Francisco fans will need a different humorous costume theme if their Giants are playing for the pennant.
Melky Cabrera has been on a 50-game suspension for use of the banned substance testosterone. Without Cabrera, though, the Giants have been an impressive 25-12 run, and have cruised to the NL West title since his mandated absence began August 15.
This is not voluntary on Cabrera's part, as it was when Cabrera removed his own name from the NL batting crown race last week. The report indicates that Cabrera is pissed, but will not file a grievance.
Why leave the phantom NL batting champion off your playoff roster? Can't a guy who led the league in batting be of valuable use in the playoffs?
Yes, but the Giants have been fantastic without Cabrera. Catcher Buster Posey has stepped up nicely into Cabrera's power bat role. He'll not have played in nearly two months, and who knows whether Cabrera's is even any good anymore without the testosterone injections. Giants players, it is rumored, have not been thrilled with Cabrera's PED use or his conduct since the suspension was announced. It might be unwise for the Giants to overhaul team chemistry just a few games before a possible World Series appearance.
This is a stunning fall from grace for a guy who was just six weeks ago was the best batter in the National League, just months ago was the MVP of the All-Star Game. With his Giants contract about to expire, Cabrera is off the roster and essentially a man without a team.