In the wake of San Francisco Giants slugger Melky Cabrera's suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, there are questions as to the nature of his punishment. Is a 50-game suspension too much, or is it not enough?
Former big leaguer and current ESPN commentator Rick Sutcliffe chimed in Monday with his opinion, and it is almost assuredly the most severe. During an appearance on ESPN 98.7 FM in New York, Sutcliffe said that because Cabrera "broke the law" after entering the country on a working visa, he should be deported. Cabrera hails from the Dominican Republic.
The entire text of Sutcliffe's statement is below, as is the audio from the interview.
"You know, it makes you mad," Sutcliffe said. "First of all, this guy is over here in the United States on a working visa. He broke the law. What's he doing still here? I mean, forget the 50-game suspension from baseball and whether he can come back if they make the playoffs or not. Why's he still here? That visa should be taken away, and he should not be allowed to play over here again, or work over here again, in my opinion."
It doesn't get much harsher than that.