Melky Cabrera, Yankees World Series outfielder, retires


The Melk-man delivered a reasonably good profession.

After two years out of the majors, former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera officially retired Friday, per Hector Gomez, a sports activities journalist within the Dominican Republic. Cabrera performed within the Dominican Republic following a brief stint with the Mets in 2020.

Cabrera finishes his MLB profession with a .285/.334/.417 slash line, 1,962 hits, 144 house runs and an All-Star look in 2012. He performed the primary 5 seasons of his profession with the Yankees, getting elevated to the beginning lineup when Hideki Matsui was injured in 2006 and taking part in nicely sufficient to stay. 

He turned a pivotal a part of the crew for its 2009 championship run, taking part in 154 video games and hitting for the cycle on Aug. 2 of that 12 months. The subsequent offseason, after the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson, they moved Cabrera to the Braves in an ill-fated deal for Javier Vazquez.

Though it didn’t work out for Cabrera in Atlanta, the place he struggled to maintain his weight down, he put collectively a stable 2011 season with the Royals earlier than an All-Star season with the Giants in 2012. Midway by that 12 months, Cabrera was suspended for utilizing efficiency enhancing medicine and didn’t play throughout its World Series run, although he did obtain a championship ring.

Melky Cabrera during the Yankees' 2009 World Series runMelky Cabrera through the Yankees’ 2009 World Series runAnthony J. Causi

The subsequent season, Cabrera was among the many gamers implicated within the Biogenesis scandal, however prevented a second suspension.

Cabrera bounced round groups for a lot of his profession following that, sticking for a pair years with the White Sox and discovering constant work as an outfielder who might play both nook and contribute with velocity. Once he acquired older and the velocity diminished, so did his worth.

Melky Cabrera douses Joe Girardi with champagneMelky Cabrera douses Joe Girardi with champagneCharles Wenzelberg

With the Yankees, Cabrera was the second-youngest participant to ever hit a walk-off house run behind Mickey Mantle. He additionally earned plaudits for his protection, twice placing up double digit outfield assists.

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