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Melky: I didn’t do it

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Melky Cabrera says he’s innocent and plans to talk to his agent about appealing to Major League Baseball.

Presumably, MLB must have some sort of evidence to suspend him for three games.

Shelley Duncan has not yet decided whether he will appeal.

Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy will start against the Rays with Mariano Rivera and Kei Igawa to follow. Kennedy was originally going to pitch in a minor-league game but that was changed.





22 Responses to “Melky: I didn’t do it”

  1. jscape2000 March 15th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    The Yanks should file a grievance with the commissioner’s office either way. I don’t understand how Girardi, Long, and Meachum got fined but Maddon didn’t.

  2. DominicanYank March 15th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Has anyone seen any footage of Melky supposedly punching Longorian in the back of the head? This seems to have taken everyone by surprise.

  3. UtilityMan March 15th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Mark Alan
    Thanks for the link…..I actually wrote a detailed description as to what went down on 9/7/04 when the Dirty Rays didnt show up to play a DH on time.

  4. UtilityMan March 15th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Ive seen video…no wheres did I even see Melky…evidently Bob Watson saw him….I did see Gomes fall down after trying to push Shelley Duncan down….maybe he got a bruise above the knee as well!

  5. scorpio March 15th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I looked at the video clip 3x too couldn’t find Melky anywhere, let alone punch Longoria. Appeal Melky! This is total BS.

  6. Jax March 15th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I’m calling this a phantom punch. I don’t know about anyone else but I have seen the video about 20 times and have yet to see even spot Melky let alone see him throw a punch.
    Until I see it I’ll believe otherwise.

  7. Yankee4life! March 15th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Is today a split squad day? Who is gonna start against the Tigers?

  8. Jim March 15th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    This is typical ant-Yankee, anti-NY BS. The backlash since the home plate collision took place has been almost all negative toward the Yankees. Even Pardon the Interuption (PTI) slammed Girardi. I quess it just goes with the territory.

  9. Brian from PA March 15th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    It seems to me like Shelley may just take a bullet and serve the 3 days. I think Melky will appeal though. so we should be just fine, if Melky is able to start the season then it would be easy enough to just play Johnny in left and Matsui at DH and Giambi at 1st, simple as that. If Melky and Shelley serve suspensions, then Damon in center, Matsui in left, Giambi at DH and Betemit at 1st. no problems. i don’t buy into the idea that shelley and melky being out for the first series is gonna “hurt the team”.

  10. Bill Porter March 15th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Could it be that Bob Watson has a vendetta against the Yankees? Maybe he has a long memory. I can’t believe he’d be dumb enough to concoct this out of whole cloth though, there would have to be some direct evidence that he based his decision on. I hope we can count on an appeal from Melky. If something is found to be untoward then perhaps we can take a longer look. My money is on some sort of simple explanation. Perhaps Watson looked at some film and saw punches thrown and had to figure out who threw them and got it wrong? Perhaps it was the Tooth Fairy or Don Zimmer who slapped Longoria around a little? My bet is Melky gets 2 games.

  11. scorpio March 15th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Agree Jim, anti-Yanks sentiments run deep, slamming Girardi will be a national pastime…The Yanks just have to do what the NY football Giants have done, win against the odds and shut people up. 18-1*.

  12. Brian from PA March 15th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    and it is just the same old crap being anti-NY. after all the crap that went down with the blue jays last year and we wound up with more discipline than them in that situation too, i think like bowa and pena got fines and roger was suspended, i think they just got a couple of fines, i dont remember exactly. eitherway the yanks got in more trouble then even though the blue jays started it all with hitting A-rod TWICE over 2 games. all in response to the “Ha” incident, which is all ESPN would talk about relating to the situation. So i see how it is, the Yankees are always at fault in any situation. make sense. when people retaliate against the yankees it’s the yankees’ fault for starting it. when the yankees retaliate against someone else its the yankees fault for taking it too. ridiculous.

  13. Brian from PA March 15th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    taking it too far* (correction on my last post)

  14. Rich March 15th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I sincerely hope the Yankees don’t do anything today, even if TB starts something. The last thing the Yankees need is IPK to hit someone and be suspended. With that long road trip with no off days to start the season, we need the rotation at full strength.

  15. matt March 15th, 2008 at 10:57 am;c_id=nyy

    At 15 seconds in you can see melky running into the scuffle from the left side of the screen. #28 you then lose sight of him.

    At 23 seconds in you can see a punch get thrown from the left side of the pack. and right after that the group moves so you can see longoria in the general direction where the punch was thrown.

    I cant be sure that it was melky throwing the punch but the league said melky punched longoria. thats the best i could do

  16. jk March 15th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    First the Mitchell investigation turns into a Yankee report. Now 2 suspensions, 3 fines over a spring training scrap vs 1 suspension for Tampa. The Yankees are in MLB’s crosshairs.

    Mitchell failed in his attempt to derail the Yankees and so will this. Even if the lame attempt to suspend Melky holds up, IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER!

    The Yanks will be a contender, the Rays will stink.

  17. rackem March 15th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I bet that something gets started today against the Rays. However that is only because Kei Igawa is pitching, and well, he has the control of a 5 year old. I mean he even hit his interpreter the other day when he was standing in the box. So expect someone to get hit.

  18. Terrible Tom Paine March 15th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Guilty until proven innocent, eh Peter?

  19. matt March 15th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    i think congress needs to make a hearing out of this

  20. george March 15th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Tom Paine’s correct. there’s no reason to presume that MLB has any evidence. MLB saw fit to slime Clemens w.o. any evidence.

    i am beginning to believe that some MLB officials do have an anti-Yankee attitude. i used to think it mere paranoia; but now I have to Henry Kissinger’s “anyone who isn’t paranoid around here is crazy” perspective.

    it kind of makes sense – the Yankees are often at odds w/Bud’s salary-fixing agenda; if one assumes that this ticks Bud off, human nature is such that you can predict some of his minions will take it out on the Yankees, to please their boss.

  21. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti RAYS! March 15th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I have to say I believe Melky.

  22. Anthony March 15th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I believe Melk

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