Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will receive a championship ring for his contributions in 2012 winning the All-Star Game MVP and batting .346 before getting suspended last August for 50 games.
Cabrera never played a game again in a Giants uniform and signed a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason. Cabrera told reporters on Friday at Blue Jays camp that he had not heard from the Giants about receiving a ring. Giants Senior Vice President of Communications Staci Slaughter said, "He's getting a ring. We have his ring size. I don't know where that's coming from." The Giants will see Cabrera this season four times during interleague play, as they will be traveling to Toronto on Tuesday May 14th and Wednesday May 15th for a two-game series. The Blue Jays will make their way to AT&T Park on Tuesday June 4th and Wednesday June 5th for another two-game series.
What kind of reaction will Giants fans show Cabrera during his first-at bat?
Former highly touted prospect and first baseman Angel Villalona reported to Giants camp on Friday declining to address the 2009 shooting at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic that resulted in his arrest and murder charges. The charges were dropped due to lack of evidence and Villalona paid the victim's family $139,000. Villalona was placed on the Giants 40-man roster and invited to spring training last year, but his Visa was denied. Villalona is ready to focus strictly on baseball and 2013. The 22-year-old lost forty pounds weighing in at 250 pounds entering spring training looking to live up to those high expectations when the Giants signed him in 2006 as a 16-year-old to a then-club record 2.1 million bonus.
The right-hander played in the Dominican Summer League last year batting .303 in 44 games smacking 47 hits, nine doubles, seven homers, 34 RBI's, 23 walks and scored 32 runs. He produced a .430 on-base percentage and .497 slugging percentage totaling a .927 OPS.
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