Melky Cabrera is the latest baseball player to be caught using performance-enhancing drugs. He has been suspended for 50 games by MLB.
The Giants outfielder tested positive for testosterone and has admitted to using a banned substance.
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," said Cabrera in a statement. "I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down."
The suspension comes during Cabrera's best season as a pro. He started in this year's All-Star Game and won the MVP award. He's batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI with San Francisco.
Here are the five most prominent baseball players to have been suspended by MLB for using steroids or any other kind of PED:
Palmeiro was one of the first MLB players to be suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. The first baseman denied ever using steroids in front of Congress, but was suspended shortly afterwards. He hasn’t been inducted into the Hall of Fame, despite having over 500 home runs and 3,000 hits in his career.
Volquez was one of the best young pitchers in the game in 2008, pitching to a 3.21 ERA. Just two years later, he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a male fertility drug. He is now on the Padres, but hasn’t experienced the same type of success since.
Mota has been suspended twice for PED’s in his career. He was once one of the top relievers in the game, pitching to a 1.97 ERA with the Dodgers in 2003. His latest suspension came this year while pitching for the Giants.
Lawton was an All-Star with the Twins and Indians, but was caught using PED’s in 2005. He only played 11 games after failing the test.
The outfielder was suspended twice for using performance-enhancing drugs. After his second suspension, Ramirez retired, rather than miss 100 games without pay. He signed with Oakland in the 2012 offseason, but was released in June.