Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games after positive test

by Bill Chuck on August 15, 2012

Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. The 27-year-old outfielder leads the majors with 159 hits this season and has hit 11 home runs and  driven home 69.

The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.

CABRERA’S REACTION:

Here is Cabrera’s response, which he issued in a statement through the players’ union: “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and 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.”

GIANTS’ REACTION:

Here is the Giants’ reaction to the suspension, emailed at 11:57 a.m.: “We were extremely disappointed to learn of the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game.  Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Giants will not comment further on this matter.”

 Melky is the leader in multi-hit games:

This season’s leaders in singles:

Derek Jeter 123
Melky Cabrera 113
Michael Bourn 103
Andrew McCutchen 100
Elvis Andrus 99
Marco Scutaro 97
Michael Young 97
Alcides Escobar 95
Ichiro Suzuki 94
Joe Mauer 94

2012 leaders in runs scored:

Rk Player R Tm Lg
1 Mike Trout 91 LAA AL
2 Melky Cabrera 84 SFG NL
3 Ian Kinsler 82 TEX AL
4 Michael Bourn 81 ATL NL
5 Andrew McCutchen 81 PIT NL
6 Curtis Granderson 79 NYY AL
7 Justin Upton 77 ARI NL
8 Miguel Cabrera 76 DET AL
9 Carlos Gonzalez 75 COL NL
10 Austin Jackson 75 DET AL
11 Matt Holliday 75 STL NL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/15/2012.

OPS leaders:

Rk Player OPS PA
1 Joey Votto 1.069 370
2 Matt Kemp 1.067 277
3 David Ortiz 1.024 379
4 Andrew McCutchen 1.020 473
5 Mike Trout .995 433
6 Miguel Cabrera .969 515
7 Carlos Ruiz .959 353
8 Edwin Encarnacion .954 484
9 Buster Posey .951 435
10 David Wright .947 487
11 Ryan Braun .944 475
12 Carlos Gonzalez .939 469
13 Matt Holliday .939 496
14 Josh Hamilton .937 463
15 Allen Craig .933 317
16 Josh Willingham .926 479
17 Robinson Cano .923 500
18 Austin Jackson .914 430
19 Giancarlo Stanton .913 347
20 Melky Cabrera .906 501
21 Prince Fielder .900 504
22 A.J. Pierzynski .900 372
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/15/2012.

2011-2012 hits leaders:

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