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Geez. Melky Cabrera just got suspended 50 games for drug cheating. That means he won’t play anymore in the regular season, although he could return for the playoffs — if the Giants can make it to the playoffs without him.

So, I have some questions for you:

Will the Giants make the playoffs without Cabrera?

Was he having a fabulous season because he cheated?

Is it wrong he got suspended?

Should major league baseball let these guys blatantly cheat with drugs and not enforce rules?

Should we give him a new nickname, changing the Melk Man to something else? I welcome suggestions.

I long to know.

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35 Comments

  1. Capts

    It sucks the Melkmen won’t be getting anymore free tickets from the Giants this season. The Beard gets injured, the Panda sexually assaults someone (allegedly) and the Melkman is busted for cheating. The Giants marketing team must be going nuts, meanwhile, the team just got a whole lot worse. Oh, well. Go A’s!

    August 15th, 2012 12:42 pm

  2. TonyT

    JuiceMan

    August 15th, 2012 12:52 pm

  3. J Canseco

    The Melk Man cheateth.

    August 15th, 2012 1:00 pm

  4. CohnZohn

    TonyT, very clever. I like it.

    August 15th, 2012 1:04 pm

  5. Michael S.

    Giant tragedy. G’s will likely barely miss the playoffs. But it sounds like the Melkman got what he deserved.

    August 15th, 2012 1:05 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    J Canseco, Eugene O’Neill would be honored.

    August 15th, 2012 1:05 pm

  7. Johnc

    Giants will not make playoffs withour “Hulky” Cabrera.
    It is hard to say whether his fabulous season is attributed to cheating . Let me explain. Everyone condemned Ryan Braun last year when he was exonerated from a positive drug test result due to a technicality, but Ryan Braun is right now the leading candidate again for NL MVP and you can be sure he is not taking drugs . If he was taking them last year there is no drop off in his performance without them. So draw your own conclusions..I think maybe he got a raw deal last year.
    It is not wrong that Cabrera got suspended. The steroid rules are in place for the integrity of the game and for the protection of the players as well because the side effects are deleterious

    August 15th, 2012 1:16 pm

  8. Stan

    They made it in 2010 without him. So,its possible. But,the momentum by August in 2010 was well underway…THIS isn’t very motivational.
    I say testosterone for men is no worse then caffeine or nicotine..IF regulated by Dr.s. Some PEDS should not be demonized… Only a pro athlete would want it,and they can afford a Dr.s to administer them.
    Look how dull baseball has been without the 78 hr season.

    August 15th, 2012 1:21 pm

  9. Mike

    Lowell – let the players play and forget all these silly rules.
    Last years NL MVP got caught and let off on a technicality.
    You see , it’s not always power that is provided by these ” illegal” drugs.
    If you think about it there is nothing the same about baseball, or sports for that matter, compared to generations prior.
    Medicine has improved along with surgeries. Travel is easier.
    Athletes go year round taking care of themselves – Pablo not withstanding. Why not a better milkshake?
    I can go on but it’s ridiculous to think they can make the game pure.
    It never has been , starting with all white leagues.

    Think about it.

    August 15th, 2012 1:25 pm

  10. Neal

    New Nickname. Got Milk. Interesting . I think he played his last game for the Giants.

    August 15th, 2012 1:29 pm

  11. KauaiRobert

    What’s this Melky-white substance in your sample Mr. Cabrera?
    .
    .
    .
    *ALOHA*

    August 15th, 2012 1:35 pm

  12. Stan

    Funny,but not a single former athlete has sued a team for PED’s use. They claim the concussions,yes…but the illegal drugs?..Done for years and the players didn’t care what the side effect are. The ones who died?..family’s say nothing.
    When the shoe is on the other foot..the players are no less greedy then the owners.

    August 15th, 2012 1:52 pm

  13. Mark M

    I’m just wondering if there are any of those fools dressed like milk men in the stands right now? That must feel good.

    For an offensively challenged team, this is darn close to a death knell in terms of the playoffs.

    There goes that big extension Melchy! Guess there is a serious supply of PEDs leftover out in left field.

    August 15th, 2012 1:56 pm

  14. Dr Nick

    A belated case of gynecomastia (ahem, male bosoms) will render his current nickname (The Milk-man) eerily appropriate.

    August 15th, 2012 1:58 pm

  15. lameduck

    Will the Giants make the playoffs without Cabrera?
    YES. Blanco will heat up. The Killer P’s will pull us through. What is everyone a fair weather fan?

    Was he having a fabulous season because he cheated?
    Of course, that’s a no brainer.

    Is it wrong he got suspended?
    NO. OK, so stealing is legal in baseball. Cheating is entertaining. But if you get caught, you are out.

    Should major league baseball let these guys blatantly cheat with drugs and not enforce rules?
    No. If you don’t enforce the rules, then you should get rid of the rules.

    Should we give him a new nickname, changing the Melk Man to something else?
    The Melk Man still fits. I did like Juice man. It’s Cabrerable. UnCabrerable… Or UnbleepingCabrerable.
    Appealable? The Melky Way bar…

    Back to work and moping…fretting..It’s time for Timmy to pull it all together…We are a team that relies on its pitching…

    August 15th, 2012 2:06 pm

  16. Bray

    Mike- I mostly agree with you. Somethings should be illegal, but as most of us know, they will NEVER be able to catch all the ‘cheaters’. The so called crooks are ALWAYS a head of the curve when it comes to drug masking, cleansing and drug cycles and how they affect urine tests.

    Baseball seriously needs to review their entire drug policy and enforcement of it’s rules. The powers that be also need to get over the ‘protecting of the game’ stance they take against these types of things. As stated before, baseball has NEVER been pure and never will be. Baseball would be better served by trying to protect the FUTURE of the game and not some records that don’t mean much to the discerning fan.

    August 15th, 2012 2:13 pm

  17. Brady

    Very disappointing. I’m pretty bummed about it; you never like to see the people you look up to and root for letting you down by cheating. It’s pretty saddening as a fan.

    Right now I’m just upset at what he did. But at some point I’ll get upset about the fact that, if it took MLB 120 games to figure out Melky was cheating, how many other players are doing the same and not getting busted?

    I don’t think it made him much of a better hitter. He wasn’t hitting for too much power. He had a great batting average that was the result of A) good technique, B) hitting in front of Posey, and C) luck – he hit a lot of bloop and infield singles.

    Depressing and disheartening. That’s really all there is too it.

    August 15th, 2012 2:19 pm

  18. Dr. Feelgood

    -Possibly
    -What do you think?
    -No
    -No
    -How about “Stupid”

    August 15th, 2012 2:47 pm

  19. Dr. Feelgood

    Let me change that nickname to “No Melk Today”

    August 15th, 2012 2:50 pm

  20. Ralph Bedwell

    Of course his great season can be attributed to his PED use. Look at the offensive trajectory of his ML career, by season:

    2006: below average
    2007: below average
    2008: WAY below average
    2009: below average
    2010: below average
    2011: excellent!
    2012: astounding!

    Why did he go from lousy to great all of a sudden? Gee, I wonder…

    August 15th, 2012 2:57 pm

  21. CohnZohn

    Bray, I was driving in Graton just the other day and I passed Sonoma Wine Co. and said to myself Bray works there. He was angry at me but now he’s back on the Zohn.

    August 15th, 2012 3:26 pm

  22. Tiburon Dave

    “I’m Shocked…I’m completely shocked that kind of thing is going on here!!!”

    Claude Rains, Casablanca

    I GIVE UP…

    Let them all kill themselves for a pay day

    May the best chemist win!!!

    Like Victor Conti said,”There’s way more money to be made on the cheating side than the compliance side”

    Did you get a look at the USA 4×100 women’s team?

    Let’s get their stuff and bottle it for High School players…

    We can give shots with a Red Bull chaser to youth players…

    Let’s all reach our chemically enhanced potential and become the Super Heroes God meant us to be!!!

    August 15th, 2012 3:31 pm

  23. Sean Nolan

    Mike: “I can go on but it’s ridiculous to think they can make the game pure.”

    Pure is an illusion and they know it. They’re trying to keep hell from breaking loose.

    August 15th, 2012 3:52 pm

  24. Jack Hammer

    Those poor Melkmen. Unemployment in SF just went up by 5.

    August 15th, 2012 3:56 pm

  25. CohnZohn

    Jack Hammer, I met those guys at Comcast in the Green Room. They’re nice.

    August 15th, 2012 3:57 pm

  26. Dennis

    My guess is that they are not going to make it past the Dodgers, so no they will not make it to the playoffs. But since the only statistic that matters here on the Zohn is trips to the World Series does it really matter if they make it to the playoffs? They sure don’t look like they can get past the Nationals.

    As for Melk Dud, it sure does seem like the PED’s helped him over the last two years big time. So he is not who we thought he was. Rules are rules and he is out for 50 games, end of story.

    So what does this say about Sabean’s ability to spot real talent?

    August 15th, 2012 4:46 pm

  27. CohnZohn

    Dennis, I never said the only thing that matters is trips to the World Series. Do your homework.

    August 15th, 2012 5:05 pm

  28. lameduck

    Melk Dud is good!
    How about…
    Powdered Melk?
    Imitation Melk?
    Fortified Melk?
    Hormone free Melk?

    August 15th, 2012 5:26 pm

  29. Stan

    No use crying over spilled Melky,dames.- Bogart.

    *well,sounds like what he would say.

    August 15th, 2012 5:46 pm

  30. Bob In Portland

    Maybe if they up the penalties, like a two-year suspension for first incident, lifetime suspension for a second.

    But really, the way things are, if Cabrera had made it to the end of the season without getting caught he would have had himself a great big payday, so unless you shoot these guys they’ll be tempted.

    August 15th, 2012 6:49 pm

  31. lameduck

    Melk TOAST!

    August 15th, 2012 7:17 pm

  32. chris

    oh man hilarious names for Melky here……..Hulky Cabrera and the Melk Dud….classic……just heard Murph on KNBR read a hilarious email……”now it’s not so bad that the Panda tested positive for Peach Cobbler”.

    Man the Giants in two short years have gone from a team with alot of character and personality in 2010, to kind of a joke with Panda, spoiled Melk and Timmy’s 6-13 record……how did this Timmy possibly win two Cy Young awards? people will start to ask….was he using “the helper”? as LaRussa called it on 60 minutes.

    According to PED guru Victor Conte, what Melk Dud used can be taken at night, and then is undetectable by morning which means ALOT of players are on this stuff.

    Another record falls due to PED’s….Willie Mays most hits in a month that Hulky beat thanks to the juice……

    With the extra wild card in this year, the Giants still can make the playoffs, but the Dodgers will win the division. Yes Melky was having a super human season because of the PED he was guzzling. And no MLB should not let players cheat, but all they can do is manage the problem. Players will always cheat to further inflate their ego’s and get a huge paycheck.

    And the ridiculous reign of Bud Selig continues…..home field advantage in the World Series is determined by who wins an exhibiton game, and the guy who decided that outcome this year was a cheater……way to go Bud, you’re really on top of things once again.

    August 16th, 2012 8:05 am

  33. Paul

    Dodgers rolling out: Victorino, Ellis, Kemp, Ethier, Ramirez …

    Giants have inconsistant starting pitching, no closer, and one superstar that teams will pitch around down the stretch.

    Bye, bye Giants.

    August 16th, 2012 9:06 am

  34. Bray

    Yep, I came back Lowell after a cool down period, we’re good now right? I appreciate good point and counterpoint and this is one of the best places to do this without getting into immature name calling. Thanks for providing that.

    If you knew how much and what kinds of wine I have in my warehouse, you would want to be my friend!

    August 16th, 2012 9:54 am

  35. CohnZohn

    Bray, I almost dropped in the other day but I was afraid you were sore at me.

    August 16th, 2012 6:02 pm

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