Friday, December 19, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Bowman #40

Are we officially in the post-PED era now?

Who is he? Melky Cabrera is a Dominican born outfielder whose rise to prominence coincided with a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Earlier this year, we pondered what 2014 would be like for some prominent players who were recently busted. For Melky, at least, it's been a good year as he just landed a big 3 year deal with the White Sox.

How did he get here? The Giants traded Jonathan Sanchez, to the Royals to get Melky after he had his best season at the plate to date. Even including Cabrera's suspension, the Giants clearly got the better of the deal with Sanchez not resembling a major league player for several years now.

Repeat offender? Yes

Other versions of this card: None

Airbrushed Score: 4

Comments: I'm not 100% positive that this is a Photoshop job, but Bowman's set was released in early May that year and considering how much lead time Topps usually needs to get any old card into their set, I have my suspicions.

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