Baseball
Melky Cabrera Banned 50 Games For PEDs
By Eric Lemus
Aug 15, 2012 - 1:34:59 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Giants all-star outfielder, Melky Cabrera, has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs Wednesday.

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Melky Cabrera, OF
Major League Baseball's current policy on positive steroid tests, adopted in 2006, calls for a 50 game suspension for a player's first violation, 100 for his second, and a lifetime for a third.

The positive test for testosterone had been known about for at least a few weeks, MLB's decision came after an appeal by Cabrera.

For his part, Cabrera took full responsibility for the positive test and released a statement. "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 I 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."

The 28-year old Dominican was having an MVP caliber season. Along with winning All-Star Game MVP, Cabrera had been batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. His 159 hits through 113 games led all of baseball.

The Giants are currently in a dead heat with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the top of the NL West. The Giants had recently benefited from the return of all-star, Pablo Sandoval, to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list, but losing Cabrera will be a major blow to the team's playoff hopes.


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