Selig: We'll let Melky Cabrera win his NL batting title

MLB says Melky Cabrera can have his batting title and Melk it for all its worth

9/19/12 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Selig: We'll let Melky Cabrera win his NL batting titleIt's a running joke in baseball circles that sidelined San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera might still win the 2012 National League batting title, even while serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera's drug suspension points rather obviously to the fact that he cheated, but he continues to hold the highest batting average in the National League.

Major League Baseball appears inclined to let Cabrera have the NL batting title, though his suspension will still be in effect and his guilt quite obvious. Heck, they'll even give Cabrera one fictional at-bat to help him reach the required 502 plate appearances to win the batting title.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said today in an interview with the YES Network that MLB will not interfere with Melky Cabrera winning the NL batting title. Cabrera continues to lead the National League in batting average, despite that he is stone cold suspended.

Blog Photo - Selig: We'll let Melky Cabrera win his NL batting title"We'll see how it all plays out," commissioner Selig said Wednesday, showing his trademark  decisiveness. "We generally don't interfere in that process. We'll take a look at it at the end of the year."

When you "take a look at it at the end of the year", Commissioner Selig, we suggest you do not consult Melky Cabrera's fake web site for guidance.

Baseball could easily deny Cabrera the title, because Cabrera is one plate appearance short of the required 502. But an obscure "Tony Gwynn Rule" allows for batters to be awarded extra, fictional at-bats to meet minimum requirements, as long as these at-bats are counted as hitless.

In another bizarre statistical anomaly to this year's batting crown race, it currently appears that both the AL and NL batting titles could both be won by guys named Cabrera. Melky and Miguel Cabrera are not related.
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9/19/12   |   Jess   |   34368 respect

This is bizarre. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it make more sense to prevent someone who's serving a suspension for cheating from winning than to take a look at the end of the year and give them an asterisk or something at the end of their name or revoking a title? I mean statistics, no - but holding a title? Shouldn't they let the next person in line take that honor?

Obviously I'm a baseball baby, but it just seems weird to me.

9/19/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

This might not be a popular decision, but I'm not sure that Selig has a choice, based on precedents that have been set in the past.

MLB has never changed, altered, or removed any statistics based on performance enhancing drug use. If they were to start now, I believe Cabrera would have a very strong legal case.