SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – One of the least talked about moves in the baseball offseason was the San Francisco Giants trade for outfielder Melky Cabrera. The journeyman, who started his career with the New York Yankees, had a bit of a breakout season last year with the Kansas City Royals, with a career high in home runs, RBIs and batting average.

Cabrera has continued that success this year, his age 27 season, leading the way for the Giants with a .368 average, clubbing four home runs and driving in 25 runs. He also leads Major League Baseball in hits with 74.

John Madden, a Yankees fan, told the KCBS morning crew that in Cabrera’s case, it’s all about success breeding confidence. Once he got a little success he had the confidence to know that he did belong in the majors and could play in the big leagues.

Madden said it’s also part of the nature of sports nowadays with teams trading or releasing players and rosters changing every year. He said there are certain players that might “fall through the cracks” and that all the scouts and teams miss on.

The success of Melky Cabrera truly exemplifies the rise and fall of young players. Madden said it can be really difficult for a franchise to stick with struggling youngsters because of the pressure to win right now, while the players feel that added pressure of not being able to make mistakes for fear of being benched or even worse, released.

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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