Cabrera had originally signed with the Yankees as a 17-year-old in 2001 and joined the big league roster in a limited role in 2005. Cabrera would become a full-time starter the following season and served as an important piece during the 2009 World Series run. During his time with the Yankees, Melky became a fan favorite for his gritty style of play. Notably, he robbed Manny Ramirez of a home run in 2006 helping to preserve the Yankees lead.
After the Bronx
Unfortunately for Melky, 2009 would be his last year in a Yankees’ uniform. The team sent him to Atlanta where he lasted only one season. 2011 saw him breakout as a member of the Kansas City Royals and traded to the San Francisco Giants. With the Giants, Melky earned his only All-Star appearance and was leading the league in batting before missing the second half of 2012 with a positive PED suspension. Melky earned additional criticism for having a fake website created in an attempt to justify the positive test.