He was an average, part-timer with the Yankees, better than he should have been because he was surrounded by Hall of Famers. He followed his stay in New York with a stint in Atlanta, where he was exposed as a not-so-good player.
Then he goes to KC and becomes a very good player with no support in the lineup around him. He then goes to SF and becomes a superstar.
Did he honestly think no one would notice his metamorphesis?
So it was no surprise that the Melk Man was nailed today with a 50 game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. The All Star Game MVP (who helped seal the NL's homefield advantage for the World Series--oh yeah, that's another blog for another day) will miss the rest of the regular season and the first five games of the postseason, should the Giants get that far.
Melky is today's loser.
The Pirates' talented young centerfielder Andrew McCutcheon, who leads Pittsburgh in just about every offensive statistic in the book. He leads the majors with a .359 batting average, with 23 homeruns and 71 RBI. And he's got speed. He is basically to the Pirates in 2012 what Yaz was for the Red Sox in '67. Without him, not only would the Pirates not qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today, they arguably would have between 15-20 wins less than they do now.
McCutcheon is the very definition of an MVP. With Joey Votto missing a month due to injury and the Melk Man self-destructing, the path is clear for the Pirates' star.