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SAN FRANCISCO – Former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera apologized and expressed regret Tuesday for last year’s 50-game drug suspension while he was with the team.
Cabrera, who signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Toronto in the offseason, addressed reporters before the opener of a two-game series between the Giants and Blue Jays at AT&T Park.
“It was an ugly time for me and my family, what happened last year,” Cabrera said via translation from Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera. “They were good teammates, they were good people. I’m real sorry for what happened. I regret what happened last year.”
Cabrera said he had no idea what kind of reception to expect from the San Francisco crowd in his first game at AT&T Park since he was suspended Aug. 15 of last season after testing positive for testosterone. He missed the rest of the season, as the Giants declined to include him on the postseason roster and proceeded to win the World Series without him.
He was asked if this trip through San Francisco would help him close that stormy chapter of his career.
“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ve always got to be prepared mentally and physically to play this game. That’s what I’m gonna do. Just prepare and play the game, because I don’t know.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Cabrera a World Series ring in a brief – and private – meeting during the Giants series in Toronto on May 14-15. Cabrera hit .346 with 11 homers and 60 RBI 113 games before last year’s suspension. He was voted MVP of the All-Star Game and helped the National League win that contest, which ultimately secured the Giants’ home field advantage for the World Series.
On Tuesday, Bochy said he had no idea what kind of reception Cabrera would get from the home crowd and he claimed he hadn’t given it much thought.
“He did a great job when he was out there,” the manager said. “He was probably one of our better players, that’s fair to say. He kept us in it with his great play. I told him. We all appreciate what he did for us when he was there on the field.”
When he was asked further about his team’s thoughts on Cabrera returning to San Francisco, Bochy responded:
“I haven’t heard any talk about him being back here. … The Melky thing, there’s not a player in there even thinking about it. And they shouldn’t be. We’ve moved on . That was last year in August. We moved on at that point. I don’t really know why we’re talking about it right now, to be honest.”