Ever since Everth Cabrera was acquired by the Padres in 2009, he’d represented little more to me than a low-risk acquisition at a position of scarcity. Where immense athletic talent coupled with stunted development was essentially given an opportunity to compete in an environment with almost zero competition. A Rule 5 pick catapulted from A-ball to the big leagues at age 23 is story enough, but the subsequent details resemble a story that more closely resembles a mythic tall tale than an accurate, biographical account:
- In a country not necessarily overrun with baseball talent, named Nicaragua’s Athlete of the Year his rookie season. He’d repeat this feat in 2012.
- Loses not one, but both hamate bones to surgery. Legend has it that instead of simply removing them, they surgically implant shards of Tony Gwynn’s infamous “Seven Grains of Pain” in their place.
- Was arrested for alleged domestic violence.
- Despite only playing in 111 games and getting his official call-up in late-May, goes on to lead the National League with 44 stolen bases in 2012.
- Became entangled (and quickly forgotten) in the growing Biogenesis sports clinic scandal along with teammates Yasmani Grandal and Fautino De Los Santos. Read More…