• Melky Asks Out Of Batting Race

    Posted by on September 21st, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Here’s the story -

    In an unprecedented agreement between Major League Baseball and union officials, suspended Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will be ruled ineligible to win the 2012 NL batting title, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

    Cabrera asked to be removed from consideration on Wednesday, when his representatives sent a letter to union officials. The Players’ Association worked out a one-time amendment to Rule 10.22(a) with MLB officials on Thursday, one day after Commissioner Bud Selig said publicly that he was not likely to take action on the matter.

    Cabrera, who is hitting .346, will finish one plate appearance short of qualifying for the batting title. Rule 10.22(a) permits a player to be recognized as the official winner if extra hitless at-bats are added to his average and it remains higher than any qualifying player. (Cabrera’s average would fall from .3464 to .3456 – still .346 when rounded up.)

    Under terms of the agreement, Rule 10.22(a) will not apply to suspended players.

    Cabrera’s request to refuse the extra at-bat is a clear attempt to rehab his public image and market value, both of which were tarnished by his Aug. 15 suspension for testing positive for testosterone. The 27-year-old switch hitter sustained further damage to his reputation through subsequent revelations that a liaison paid by his agents, the Levinson brothers, created a phony Web site and product in an attempt to persuade the league that Cabrera inadvertently took a banned substance.

    In a statement to be released shortly, Cabrera said he had “no wish to win an award that would be tainted,” and that he “believe[d] it would be far better for someone more deserving to win.”

    The Roger Maris family probably wants to know what’s going to happen for them now…

    Comments on Melky Asks Out Of Batting Race

    1. Evan3457
      September 22nd, 2012 | 2:35 am

      The Roger Maris family probably wants to know what’s going to happen for them now…

      Nothing.

      This happened only because Melky had the class to ask for it (possibly because he feared more severe punishment for the whole false website thing). Barry would never in a million years have such an epiphany. Besides, admitting he juiced now could land him in jail for perjury.

    2. Raf
      September 22nd, 2012 | 7:47 am

      @ Evan3457:
      And Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, etc, weren’t suspended.

    3. Evan3457
      September 22nd, 2012 | 8:32 am

      Raf wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      And Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, etc, weren’t suspended.

      Well, yeah.

    4. KPOcala
      September 25th, 2012 | 3:28 am

      The vomit bagpipe, Buster Olney wrote an article that was basically critical of Melky’s asking out of the batting race. Sports, especially the writers, have gotten so bizarre in their logic that Hiter would have had a “plausible” out. You know why? The guys that are decent writers get bought up by espn, for a few dollars more, and they write whatever the Bosses want. I’ve read sports long enough (thank God, it’s a relatively small part of my life), that there are no longer any other plausible answers.

      PS, there seems to be a lack of hostility about this blog over the last few weeks that is extremely refreshing. “Whatever” the ‘reason’, I hope “The ‘Reason’” stays the hell away….

    5. Raf
      September 25th, 2012 | 7:30 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      PS, there seems to be a lack of hostility about this blog over the last few weeks that is extremely refreshing. “Whatever” the ‘reason’, I hope “The ‘Reason’” stays the hell away….

      The Yankees are playing better :P

    6. September 25th, 2012 | 8:23 am

      I think he meant something else.

    7. Raf
      September 25th, 2012 | 5:46 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      It’s possible… I don’t know what or who he’s referring to, if that’s even the case. In my observation, there is generally more hostility when the Yankees aren’t playing well. I remember the Chewie/DonnieDosTres brouhaha. Baileywalk could get snarky as could Don and adsf, but nothing brings out the hostility as much as poor play of the Yankees.

    8. September 25th, 2012 | 6:10 pm

      Also, in general, readership and comments here are WAY DOWN now. That could be a favor in less nasty behavior.

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