Originally posted on Seed Spitters  |  Last updated 9/26/12

First of all, it’s good to be back. I have been a little busy with work and school this past month or so,but I’ll be sure to post on here much more frequently. 

Andrew Baggarly reported today the San Francisco Giants front office will announce they will not be adding Melky Cabrera to the post-season roster after he finishes serving the remainder of his 50-game suspension.

He received the suspension when he was caught with high levels of testosterone with a required drug test back on Aug. 15.

Since his departure from the team, the Giants have seen a lot of success, winning 25 of  their last 37 games. On Aug. 15 when the suspension shocked the Bay Area, many fans believed the season was over. With their top hitter out of the lineup for the rest of the year and the Dodgers with an intimidating team they traded for in July breathing down the Giants necks, there was little hope for San Francisco.

Fast-forward to today and, holy smokes, the Giants are doing just peachy.

The Giants have clinched the NL West (for the second time in the last three years – see 2010 World Series Champions on google, it happened), and hold a 10-game lead over the “fearful” Dodgers everyone was so impressed by.

So here we are, Giants fans. With a week or so left in the regular season to prepare for the real show: the playoffs.

Not to sound like a jerk, because I’ll admit, I loved the Melk man, the Melk shake dance, the Melk Men followers and the fact that he gave the National League home-field advantage in the World Series with a crazy performance in the All-Star game, but do the Giants really need him?

It’s been Barry Bonds as the face of the “juiced” Giants for the past decade or so and now with the suspensions of Cabrera and Guillermo Mota (who is still on the team despite TWO suspensions related to PEDs…), it appears the Giants organization is trying to detach themselves with the steroid label.

To that I say, good!

The Giants success over the years has been tainted with excuses and shame. The 2002 world series – ruined by rally monkeys and blown-out arms. From 2004-2009: absolute mediocrity. The “magic” of 2010? Once in a lifetime.

Or so they thought.

In 2012, the Giants are going to try to win without any excuses. Buster Posey is making a run for the NL MVP – something the Giants organization hasn’t had since Barry Bonds won in 2004. Mid-season pick-ups Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence seem to feel comfortable in San Francisco, contributing heavily each night on offense. Pablo Sandoval appears to have found out how to hit those ankle-high sinker balls onto the arcade in right field again.

The offense is clicking, so no, Cabrera’s absence was never the problem.

Looking forward, I’d say the biggest obstacle for Bruce Bochy and Co. will be keeping the pitchers healthy and well-rested. It’s already shown in their performances lately that they are starting to feel the fatigue of a full season; it’ll be Bochy’s job to manage them accordingly.

Unfortunately for Cabrera, he wont be having any fun with this team when it comes to celebrating in the playoffs.

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