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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Musmeci: Melky Cabrera Doesn’t Deserve a World Series Ring

No Melky ring today, my love has gone away!

I am a fan of the team and will cheer for anyone on the roster.  For the past three seasons, management has put on the field a team that brought the first two World Series Championships in the San Francisco Giants era.

But as of today, I am mad at the San Francisco Giants.

...I’m mad at the Giants for not taking a stand against giving Cabrera a ring.  If he did not get a ring, what’s Melky going to do?  Complain?  If he complains, the fresh-start he’s been given by the Toronto Blue Jays would start off in a negative fashion – not exactly the quiet start he wants.  Are the Giants afraid of the MLB Players Association filing a grievance?  I think there’s more than enough evidence to support the team’s desire not to give him a ring.

When there is a reunion of the 2012 World Series Champions in the year 2022, will Cabrera be invited?  I can go on record and say absolutely NOT.  So if he’s not even welcome at an reunion game, he shouldn’t bear the ring of a miracle season that he was only a minor part of … not to mention it was all illegal in baseball terms.

In a bit of good news, NO MORE “MELK-MAN” OUTFITS.

That alone may deserving of a ring.

Repoz Posted: February 19, 2013 at 07:55 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GuyMcGuffin Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4372274)
Does José Guillen have to give back his 2010 World Series ring too? Or does that not register high enough on the grandstanding scale to merit a mention?
   2. GregD Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:43 PM (#4372287)
Who cares?
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4372289)
When there is a reunion of the 2002 National League Champions in the year 2022, will Barry Bonds be invited?
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 19, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4372319)
A few of those ol' championship reunions are going to be depopulated wastelands.
   5. Moeball Posted: February 19, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4372321)
When there is a reunion of the 2002 National League Champions in the year 2022, will Barry Bonds be invited?


Or, for that matter, the 2002 Angels and Troy Glaus?

As much of a blowhard as Curt Schilling is, he may be right about one thing - I don't believe there has been a single WS champion in the last 20 years that wasn't heavily "tainted"...
   6. Blastin Posted: February 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4372336)
Melky already has a ring, ya know...
   7. Machine Posted: February 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM (#4372338)
Do have to agree with the general point of the author.

I'm not one that is passionate about the steroid issue. But you just can't have an organization be so inconsistent. Either you give Cabrera a ring AND you extend an invite to the reunion ceremony or you do not do either. This is just another example of a team trying to have it both ways.

I'm really not sure how you rally fans around this issue but the Giants really do need to be taught a lesson on this for their inconsistency.
   8. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM (#4372346)
Either you give Cabrera a ring AND you extend an invite to the reunion ceremony or you do not do either. This is just another example of a team trying to have it both ways.

Domingo Martinez has TWO World Series rings (1992/93 Toronto Blue Jays) but I don't think he gets invited to the reunion ceremonies.
What about players that are traded away mid-season and get a ring? I'm pretty sure they don't get invited to the reunion ceremonies.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4372350)
As much of a blowhard as Curt Schilling is, he may be right about one thing - I don't believe there has been a single WS champion in the last 20 years that wasn't heavily "tainted"...

which means, by definition, that no one is
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM (#4372357)
Isn't who gets a ring covered in the CBA? Think there is a minimum based on service time, which Melky meets. Teams can give out more, but not less, IIRC. "Deserve" doesn't have much to do with it.
   11. flournoy Posted: February 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM (#4372365)
I'm really not sure how you rally fans around this issue but the Giants really do need to be taught a lesson on this for their inconsistency.


What lesson do the Giants need to be taught? They haven't held any reunion ceremonies yet, so they haven't had a chance to invite or not invite Melky Cabrera to them. Where is the inconsistency? Did you time travel twenty years into the future?
   12. morineko Posted: February 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM (#4372369)
I think the Giants sent Todd Wellemeyer's ring for 2010 to the Cubs' extended spring training facility. Hopefully he got it before he reported to Iowa (for the 3 days he was actually there.)
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM (#4372373)

Isn't who gets a ring covered in the CBA? Think there is a minimum based on service time, which Melky meets. Teams can give out more, but not less, IIRC. "Deserve" doesn't have much to do with it.


I'm not sure the CBA covers rings (at least to the same degree it covers playoff shares). I think there would be no choice in the matter regarding Melky getting a full share, but I don't know if he automatically receives a ring.
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM (#4372376)
As much of a blowhard as Curt Schilling is, he may be right about one thing - I don't believe there has been a single WS champion in the last 20 years that wasn't heavily "tainted"

The best part about Schilling's views on the subject-- and in this case, the plural "views" more than applies-- is that he's gone from publicly calling for steroid-aided statistics and titles to be offically invalidated, to publicly saying that the suggestion that the Red Sox' championships were in any way tainted due to steroids was nothing but haters hatin', to publicly saying pffft, all the teams were equally implicated so what can ya do? Whatever side of the fence you're on, Curt Schilling agrees with you.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: February 20, 2013 at 01:31 AM (#4372384)
Two words: Guillermo Mota
   16. Tom (and his broom) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 01:59 AM (#4372395)
The CBA doesn't mention rings per se...but what it does say is that teams cannot impose additional punishments after the league suspends a player.

Unless you can find a precedent (and you won't) of a player with similar playing time for WS champion not getting a ring then you have to give him one.

The Giants management have emphatically said they will give him a ring, I think the exact words were along the lines of "We never even discussed it, of course he gets one, he deserves one."
   17. MFS Posted: February 20, 2013 at 02:16 AM (#4372397)
Until the Giants are ready to concede all the wins they had with Melky on the team and concede winning the world series, it is absurd to not give Melky a ring.
   18. RMc and the slumping crisp Posted: February 20, 2013 at 08:16 AM (#4372438)
None of the Giants would have @#$! ring if the Tigers had bothered to show up for the #$@% Series...

\yes, still bitter
   19. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4372561)
Maybe they should send him a watch instead.

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