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Full Name: Melky Cabrera Primary Position: OF,LF
Height/Weight: 5'11"/200 First Game: July 7, 2005
Birthdate: August 11, 1984 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional (Dominican Republic)
Bat/Throw: Both/Left


Biography

Melky Cabrera (Melky Cabrera) was born on August 11, 1984 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional (Dominican Republic). He made his Major League debut on July 7, 2005 for the New York Yankees. In 2006, his rookie year, he hit .280 with 7 home runs and 50 RBI. Cabrera played for the New York Yankees for his entire 2 year career.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2005 NYY A 6 19 1 4 0 0 .211 .211 .211 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006 NYY A 130 460 75 129 7 50 .280 .360 .391 26 2 56 59 2 5 12 3 9
2007 NYY A 150 545 66 149 8 73 .273 .327 .391 24 8 43 68 5 10 13 0 14
Total 286 1024 142 282 15 123 .275 .340 .388 50 10 99 129 7 15 25 3 23

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2005 NY A OF 6 6 49 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 NY A CF 6 6 49 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 NY A OF 127 121 1091.1 245 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2006 NY A CF 4 1 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 NY A LF 116 112 998.2 217 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .996
2006 NY A RF 8 8 69.2 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .952
2007 NY A OF 147 137 1249.2 385 16 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2007 NY A CF 131 117 1072.2 346 14 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2007 NY A LF 18 16 142 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NY A RF 5 4 35 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 280 264 2390 639 28 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .991
Total CF 141 124 1144.2 363 14 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total RF 13 12 104.2 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .962
Total LF 134 128 1140.2 251 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .996

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York Yankees (November 13, 2001).

Trivia

  • Chris Berman, known for giving nicknames to players, has given Cabrera the nickname "Melky Way" Cabrera. (He debated between that and "Skim Melky"); Yankees broadcaster John Sterling also uses this nickname, though it is unclear whether Sterling or Berman came up with the nickname first. Sterling also uses the phrase, "the Melk Man always knocks twice" when referring to Cabrera, usually after Cabrera hits a home run. Sterling also came up with the phrase "The Melk Man delivers." This was after Melky's walk-off home run against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in the bottom of the 11th inning.
  • Melky's nickname around the Yankee clubhouse is "Leche", which is Spanish for "milk."
  • Melky is the second youngest Yankee to hit a walk-off home run; the youngest Yankee to do so was Mickey Mantle.
  • When Melky records an RBI or makes a flashy defensive play the Yankee Stadium baseline scoreboards will flash "Tiene Leche?" ("Got Milk?")
  • Melky's best friend on the team is second baseman Robinson Cano. The two live in the same apartment complex in New Jersey and Cano drives Cabrera to the Yankees home games. Cano is credited with being a big part of Melky's acclimation to the team and the States. He also serves as Melky's unofficial translator.
  • On July 7, 2007, Cabrera tied a Yankees record by striking out 5 times in a single 13-inning game, a feat known as the platinum sombrero.
  • On August 3, 2007, Cabrera hit a bizarre ground rule double that didn't even get past the infield. On the play, which took place in the bottom of the sixth in a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, Cabrera hit a line drive up the middle that struck the leg of Royals pitcher Ryan Braun. The ball deflected off Braun's leg with such force that it turned at a right angle, elevated, bounced on the Yankee dugout and into the stands on the first base side. Cabrera was awarded a ground rule double, and the Yankees went on to win the game, 7-1. Braun was not hurt on the play.
  • A popular Yankee T-shirt slogan reads "Got Melky?", a wordplay on the popular Got Milk? slogan.
  • Melky Cabrera made a cameo appearance in Hector El Father's music video, "Pa La Tumba", with Robinson Cano.
  • On June 6, in the 8th inning of a 2-1 game against the Boston Red Sox, Melky made an outstanding catch in left-center, (which became known as "The Melky Catch") leaping over the wall to steal a home run from Boston's Manny Ramírez. After the catch, Johnny Damon cheered and danced in the outfield. This play earned Melky a "This Year In Baseball" Award (voted on by the fans) for the most outstanding play of the 2006 season.


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