The Yankees have promoted 20-year-old Melky Cabrera to start tonight in center field after one week of Triple-A experience. (Are you expecting Wendell Wilkie?) I saw Melky at a Double-A Trenton Thunder game earlier this year. He was part of a ninth-inning, come-from-behind rally to win the game, and I couldn't stop saying "Melky" all day.
You won't be surprised to find that he is the first major-league Melky (the closest was Mellie Wolfgang, a right-hander with the WWI White Sox), he will be the tenth Cabrera to grace a major-league roster, six of whom are active, making Cabrera one of the most popular names among foreign-born major-leaguers. Here are the "leaders":