Cabrera on Opening Day 2013 with the Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox – No. 53
August 11, 1984 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|July 7, 2005 for the New York Yankees|
(through May 18, 2015)
|Runs batted in||534|
Career highlights and awards
Melky Astacio Cabrera (born August 11, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays.
Cabrera signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent. He made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2005. After playing as a fourth outfielder, the Yankees included him in a trade to the Braves after the 2009 season. Struggling with the Braves in 2010, he was released, and signed by the Royals in 2011. Recommitting himself to the game, Cabrera had a strong year with the Royals, and was traded to the Giants for the 2012 season. In 2012, Cabrera made his first All-Star Game appearance, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award. One month later, Cabrera received a 50 game suspension after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.
- 1 Professional career
- 1.1 Minor leagues
- 1.2 New York Yankees
- 1.3 Atlanta Braves
- 1.4 Kansas City Royals
- 1.5 San Francisco Giants
- 1.6 Toronto Blue Jays
- 1.7 Chicago White Sox
- 2 Personal life
- 3 See also
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Cabrera was signed by the New York Yankees on November 14, 2001, at age 17, receiving a $175,000 signing bonus. He played for the Staten Island Yankees in the Class A Short-Season New York–Penn League in 2003, batting .283 with 31 runs batted in (RBI) in 67 games. In 2004, he was promoted to the Battle Creek Yankees of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .333 with 16 RBIs in 42 games. He was promoted to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, where he hit .288 with 51 RBIs in 85 games to finish the season.
New York Yankees
2005 season – MLB debut
In 2005, Cabrera started off with the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League, hitting .275 with 60 RBIs in 106 games. At the end of June, he was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League, where he hit .324 with three homers and 11 RBIs in nine games. On July 7, he made his major league debut in center field at Yankee Stadium against the Cleveland Indians. He collected his first major league hit, a single, in his third at-bat that day. The next day he went 2-for-3 against Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, scoring his first major league run, but then went 0-for-his-next-13 and made costly miscues, including one on July 15, 2005 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, misplaying a Trot Nixon fly ball that resulted in an inside-the-park home run during a 17–1 defeat. He was sent down to Triple-A Columbus the next day for 17 games and then demoted again, back to Double-A Trenton to finish out the season.
Cabrera saw a lot of time in spring training of 2006 with starting outfielders Johnny Damon and Bernie Williams playing in the World Baseball Classic. He impressed the Yankees by hitting .349 in 16 games, but was ultimately sent down to Triple-A Columbus at the start of the season.
He started the season strongly at Triple-A Columbus, hitting .385 with 4 home runs and 24 RBIs in just 31 games before being called up on May 9, 2006 after left fielder Hideki Matsui broke his wrist and was on the disabled list until September 12, 2006. Cabrera replaced him in left field, and hit .318 in May with his first 10 career RBIs and two career stolen bases. On May 30, 2006, batting leadoff for only the second time in his career, he recorded his first career 4-hit game, going 4-for-6. He slumped in June, but hit his first major league home run on June 15. On June 6, 2006, in the 8th inning of a 2–1 game against the Red Sox, he made an outstanding catch in left-center, leaping over the wall to take a home run away from Boston slugger Manny Ramírez. This play earned Cabrera a "This Year In Baseball" award (voted on by the fans) for the outstanding play of the 2006 season.
Cabrera heated up again in July, hitting .313 with 14 RBIs. He had his first career five-RBI game on July 5, with his first career grand slam. On the 18th, he hit his first career walk-off home run. At 22, he was the second youngest Yankee ever to hit a walk-off home run, to the 21-year old Mickey Mantle in 1953. He finished the 2006 season tied for second in the league with 12 outfield assists.
Cabrera was slotted as fourth outfielder at the beginning of the 2007 season. He struggled, batting only .200 in April and .254 in May with limited playing time. He was batting .223 on the season when Jason Giambi went on the disabled list on June 1, 2007, giving him more playing time as Damon assumed Giambi's role of designated hitter and Cabrera took over center field from Damon. After this, he hit .320 with 3 of his 5 home runs and 21 of his 36 RBIs. He also had a 13-game hitting streak from July 1 to 17. While Bobby Abreu was struggling that month, Cabrera hit second to enable Derek Jeter to hit third and cemented himself as the Yankees' starting center fielder, causing Giambi to compete with Damon for DH at-bats after returning from the DL. Cabrera had a career-high hitting streak of 19 games, while continued to get his share of walks. Prior to the July 31 trade deadline, the Texas Rangers offered Yankee GM Brian Cashman their closer, Éric Gagné, in exchange for Cabrera, but Cashman declined and Cabrera went on to tie for third in outfield assists (16) for the season.
Cabrera was involved in a bench-clearing brawl against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 2008 spring training game. MLB claimed to have seen video showing Cabrera punching superstar Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria during the brawl, and suspended him for two games along with teammate Shelley Duncan. Third base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Kevin Long were also fined for their actions in the brawl.
Cabrera was a less-than-adequate hitter for the Yankees in 2008. His fielding and strong throwing arm in center field could not make up for his poor batting average. In early August, Yankee manager Joe Girardi demoted him to fourth outfielder, making Damon the everyday center fielder again. On August 15, 2008, Cabrera was demoted to Triple-A's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, but recalled him on September 5.
After the 2008 season, the Yankees came close to trading Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers for veteran outfielder, Mike Cameron. Remaining with the Yankees, Cabrera competed with Brett Gardner for the starting center field job which Gardner won, relegating Cabrera to a backup role by manager Girardi once again. On April 22, however, Cabrera hit the first walk-off hit in the New Yankee Stadium, a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 14th, for a 9–7 Yankee win. By late April, with Gardner slumping and Cabrera's streak of stellar play, Cabrera once again became the starting center fielder. He won the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month of May.
On August 2, 2009, he became the first Yankee to hit for the cycle since Tony Fernandez did on September 3, 1995. The home run was his 10th of the season, a new personal high. He also collected his 200th career RBI in the game, and finished the season by playing in his first World Series with the Yankees and helping them defeat the Philadelphia Phillies.
On December 22, 2009, the Yankees traded Cabrera to the Atlanta Braves with Mike Dunn and pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino for Javier Vázquez and Boone Logan, with whom he signed a one-year deal worth $3.1 million with the Braves, avoiding arbitration.
Cabrera hit .255 with 4 home runs and 42 RBIs in 115 games for the 2010 Braves, and went 0-for-8 in the 2010 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, who won the series three games to one. He batted eighth for the Braves  and was described as "pudgy" and not diligent enough about his career to keep his weight down. The Braves released him on October 19.
Kansas City Royals
In his 2011 breakout season, he set career highs in RBIs (87), runs scored (102), stolen bases (20), home runs (18) and batting average (.305), while finishing fourth in the American League in hits with 201  and becoming the sixth Royal to record at least 200 hits in a season.
San Francisco Giants
On November 7, 2011, the Royals traded Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for talented but erratic southpaw Jonathan Sánchez and minor league pitcher Ryan Verdugo, seeking to bolster their starting rotation and free up center field for Lorenzo Cain.
Cabrera started 2012 with a .275 career average, but on May 29 he surpassed Willie Mays for most hits in the month of May in San Francisco Giants history with 50. The next night, he tied Randy Winn's San Francisco record for most hits in any month with 51.
His hot hitting earned him one of the three starting outfielder positions for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City with 7,521,784 votes, the highest number received by a National League (NL) outfielder that year. He singled in the first and hit a two-run homer in the fourth (the only round-tripper of the game) and was voted the All-Star Game MVP in the NL's 8–0 shutout win, going 2-for-3 with the two RBIs. He was the fifth Giant player to be honored as All-Star Game MVP.
50-game suspension & postseason shut down
On August 15, 2012, Cabrera's season came to a sudden end when he was suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for high levels of testosterone, suggesting usage of MLB-proscribed performance-enhancing drugs. He admitted using a banned substance and accepted the suspension. At the time, he led the majors with 159 hits and was second in the NL with a .346 batting average. He ended his suspension-shortened season with 11 home runs, 10 triples, 60 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 18 opportunities. One of Cabrera's associates purchased a website for $10,000 and falsified its contents in a way that would have allowed Cabrera to challenge his suspension by claiming that the positive test was caused by a substance sold through that website, but MLB officials and federal investigators used forensics to trace the website back to Cabrera. At his own request, Cabrera was ruled ineligible to win the 2012 NL batting title.[a]
As the Giants clinched a postseason berth, Cabrera's suspension officially expired during the 2012 National League Championship Series. Although the suspension expired, the team decided to shut down Cabrera for the remainder of the postseason and revert him to the restricted list. The Giants would then go on to win the 2012 World Series over the Detroit Tigers. Despite his suspension, Cabrera received a 2012 World Series ring for his contributions to the team before his suspension.
Toronto Blue Jays
Cabrera signed a two-year contract for $16 million with the Toronto Blue Jays on November 19, 2012. In a game against the Detroit Tigers on April 9, 2013, Cabrera recorded his 1,000th career hit, a single off starter Anibal Sanchez. Cabrera battled a sore hamstring and quadriceps muscle through the first two months of the regular season, but the injuries did not warrant time on the disabled list. Cabrera was occasionally removed from games in the later innings to rest his legs.
In early June, it was reported that Major League Baseball would be pursuing suspensions for players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, which Cabrera was reported to be a part of by Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch. Numerous other high profile players were also implicated in the scandal, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Nelson Cruz. Cabrera could have faced supplemental discipline regardless of the fact that he served a 50-game suspension at the end of the 2012 regular season, as MLB planned to further suspend players involved in the scandal for trying to cover their use of banned substances by using pseudonyms to purchase Biogenesis products or for falsely denying any involvement whatsoever. Cabrera responded to the speculation about a second suspension, saying "If they suspend me again, I think that would be a harsh punishment because I already served my sentence. But it's up to them. I believe I've already served my sentence, especially missing the playoffs. That's what hurt me the most."
Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 27 with left knee tendinitis. Fan and player favorite Munenori Kawasaki was called up to take Cabrera's roster spot. Cabrera returned from the disabled list on July 21 and played in 10 games before going back on the 15-day DL with irritation in his left knee. Neil Wagner was recalled to take Cabrera's roster spot.
On August 5, 2013, Cabrera was among several players previously linked to Biogenesis who were not given suspensions following the resolution of the Biogenesis scandal. It was reported on August 8 that Cabrera would be out of the lineup until at least September for a left knee injury. Manager John Gibbons told reporters on August 22 that Cabrera would remain on the disabled list for the rest of the season. On September 7, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that Cabrera had undergone a successful operation to remove a benign tumor from his lower spine on August 30, and that a full recovery was expected.
Having recovered from his offseason surgery, Cabrera played fully in 2014 spring training, and lead the majors in hits and doubles during the spring with 30 and 10 respectively. He hit his only home run in the final game of spring training, a two-run shot to help the Blue Jays win 2–0 over the New York Mets on March 29 in Montreal. On April 4, 2014, Cabrera became the first MLB player to bat against Masahiro Tanaka, and hit a lead-off solo home run. He would go on to record a four-game home run streak, besting his total of home runs from the previous season (3 in 88 games played). Cabrera broke a Blue Jays team record on April 13, by hitting in his 13th consecutive game to open the season. He would continue his hot hitting to open the season, setting another new Blue Jays franchise record for hits prior to May 1, when he recorded his 40th hit in a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 29. On May 1, he and teammate Mark Buehrle were named the co-winners of the Honda Player of the Month Award for April. Cabrera recorded his 500th career RBI on July 26, 2014, to aid the Blue Jays in breaking their 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium. On August 10, Cabrera drew a team-record 5 walks in a 6–5 win over the Detroit Tigers in 19 innings; the longest game in franchise history. He also became the first player to reach base 8 times in one game (the aforementioned 5 walks along with 3 hits) since Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew did so in 1972.
In a game against the Boston Red Sox on September 5, Cabrera was injured while diving back to first base in the third inning. He remained in the game but came out during his next at-bat in the sixth inning and was taken for x-rays, where it was determined that he had broken his right little finger and would require surgery, ending his 2014 season. At the time of his injury, he had 171 hits, second in the league to Jose Altuve, and had a .301 batting average. Coming to the end of his two-year contract with the Blue Jays, Cabrera expressed a desire to re-sign with Toronto. On November 1, the Blue Jays extended a qualifying offer to Cabrera for $15.3 million, which he later rejected.
Chicago White Sox
In the offseason, Cabrera lives in Miami. Cabrera and Robinson Canó became close friends as teammates in the minor leagues. He has a son in the Dominican Republic named Melky, Jr., and two daughters who live with their respective mothers in New York and Orlando. His nickname around the Yankee clubhouse was "Leche", which is Spanish for "milk." As a Giant he had a cheering section, called the "Melkmen", in the AT&T Park stands during his record 51 hits in May 2012. They disbanded after his 50-game suspension.
Cabrera is involved in charity work in his native Dominican Republic.
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