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They needed him in the first half, but not the second half through the playoffs.
This one is a little more controversial, but hear me out.
Melky Cabrera came in a trade for Jonathan Sanchez. He proceeded to endear himself to the fans and hit all the way through the All-Star Break.
There were Melk Men. He was the All-Star MVP. There looked to be no slowing Melky down despite his high batting average. The two-hit games kept right on coming.
On August 14, 2012, the Giants lineup was Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.
In that game, they destroyed the right-hander from the Washington Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann.
He who owned a 2.94 ERA in 2012.
There looked to be very little holes in a lineup possessing a perfect blend of speed, power and contact hitters.
Then the next day, Melky was suspended for failing a drug test. He left without saying a single word. The Giants lost another Tim Lincecum start—in a season of many—and the season looked to be in shambles.
Not only did the Giants lose their best offensive player, but they lost him a day after playing with their first healthy lineup of the season.
But we know how the rest of this story ends. Buster Posey wasn't having it. World Series. Two-for-two for the likely NL MVP.
When the moment was there, Buster Posey seized it and made it his own. But I digress, this post isn't about swooning over the soon-to-be legendary Giants catcher.
While Melky had a large part in where the Giants were in the standings at the time of his suspension, the team still had to do the heavy lifting by getting through the free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then they had to prove all the naysayers wrong again in the playoffs.
Melky almost single-handedly tore this team down with his foolish actions. In a season full of fairy-tale themes, Melky was not a part of the narrative when it really mattered.
And for that, he does not deserve a ring.