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Sorry folks, Melky Cabrera is still likely to be the NL batting champ

Sep 19, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Melky Cabrera Reuters

Bud Selig spoke to the press today and he dashed any hope that he’d cave in to the oh-my-stars-and-garters crowd when it comes to Melky Cabrera and the batting title.  If he wins it, he’s gonna be the batting champ and those who find this scandalous will just have to make sure their fainting couches are nearby:

“We’ll see how it all plays out,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday after taping an episode of “CenterStage” for the YES Network. “We generally don’t interfere in that process. We’ll take a look at it at the end of the year.”

It would not surprise me at all if a hasty rule change was passed after the season that would prevent players who have been suspended for PEDs from being eligible for the batting crown, but Melky — barring a late surge from Andrew McCutchen — is likely to go into the record books once the season ends.  At present he leads .346-.339.

  1. darthicarus - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I for one will sleep better tonight now, thanks Bud!

    • biasedhomer - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Craig is the only one actually losing sleep over this. Must have something to do with Melky being an ex Brave.

      How many people actually remember last years batting champs?

      • mrfloydpink - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Actually, guess who already made that EXACT point on this site?

        “And it’s certainly not significant like an MVP award. Quick: name two of the past ten NL batting champions. I bet you can’t. Because, sadly, winning a batting title did not place Freddy Sanchez into some Hall of Immortals atop a great mountain someplace. It just happened and why in the hell should any of us who are not related to Mr. Sanchez care?”

        — Craig Calcaterra, two weeks ago

  2. ptfu - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Bud won’t review the issue now because there’s no appetite for instant replay. Only long-delayed replay.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I think most of us here at HBT knew this from the get go but Selig just made it official.

  4. unlost1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    from the ‘roid scandal of the 90’s to Braun last year to this now, mlb continues to send the message that cheaters DO prosper

  5. Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Obviously it doesn’t bother baseball players that much; otherwise pitchers would conspire to make it just a little bit easier for McCutchen to get more hits.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Of course that idea is silly and rife with its own problems, it’s meant as a joke.

  6. chargrz - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    What is the difference as Bonds, Braun, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens etc… were not punished either.

    • icanspeel - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      I see your point, but at the same time it could fall under the merit of “Being suspended for PED usage” and not qualifying. Lots of players did steroids and some got caught and some didn’t, but if they clarify the rule to being you don’t qualify for awards on the year you were busted I’d be cool with that.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Of course, being the league leader in batting average is not an award.

    • mvp43 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Well, Braun was exonerated for one………..

      • jennstergersburnedretinas - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        Yeah but he was guilty as sin.

      • jxegh - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        He wasn’t exonerated – it was improper storage of his urine sample.

  7. husky2score - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    What is one good reason why Melky Cabrera should be the batting champ?! This PED stuff is being poorly handled by Selig. Bonds should not be the homer champ either for the same question.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      1. A higher percentage of his at-bats resulted in hits than anyone else in the NL.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      “What is one good reason why Melky Cabrera should be the batting champ?! ”

      Hmm…I’d go the fact that Cabrera had hits in a higher percentage of at bats than anyone else in the National League.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Bonds should not be the homer champ either for the same question.

      What reason is that?

    • jolink653 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      As much as I absolutely hate Barry Bonds and personally don’t consider him the real home run champ, you can’t tie him in with Melky yet because he never tested positive that we know of and can’t be definitively linked to have knowtaken PEDs

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    What would Melky’s new batting average be in this new reality? McCutchen’s?

    The batting title is a record of something that happened. Should we all decide together that it didn’t happen?

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Yes. You know, the BlackSox scandal was such a black mark on baseball. What would have happened if the White Sox hadn;t have thrown the series? That’s why I consider the 1919 World Series a tie, because that’s the fair way to do it.

  9. mattraw - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    C’mon Bud, take some notes from your fellow Commishes. Goodell would’ve reinstated him by now, then made him take BP fastballs down the middle without swinging until his average was low enough to be suspended again.

    • dwrek5 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Goodell would have fined him so could at least got some cash outta this fiasco.

  10. jennstergersburnedretinas - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    This is such horse shit. It is hard to fathom that a cheater who is dumb shit enough to get caught under these new testing standards is able to keep ANYTHING let alone an “atta boy” from MLB. The fact that he is still gainfully employed and not black listed from the game should be enough of a “reward”. Bud needs to retire, he’s as out of touch with reality as Obama/Romney.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      He is not getting an “atta boy.” There is a statistical records of events that happened on the field. Hits/AB=AVG and Melky’s is the highest. This is not an award based on votes with subjective criteria. It is basic math.

      P.S., I would be willing to bet there are ALREADY batting champs in the books who used PEDs, and I don’t really care.

  11. thebadguyswon - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    O.J. was found not guilty too. Braun cheated guys…lets be real.

    • jennstergersburnedretinas - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      They were both aquitted by technicalities. Both were guilty. Melky got straight up caught, just as Braun had but for a slip up in shipping, he deserves noting more than scorn.

  12. yournuts - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Cmon Andrew McCutchen, get red hot now! No one really wants a cheater to be batting champ.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      At this point, I kinda DO want him to win it. This is the most interest anyone has shown in the batting title in years.

  13. johnchesterny - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    He may indeed wind up leading the league in hitting. But he will by no means be a ‘champ’.

  14. sictransitchris - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    “We generally don’t interfere in that process … or ANY process,” Selig added.

  15. jaybird22seven - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    What a joke !!!!
    Take steroids and win a batting title !!!

  16. randygnyc - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Equally as disturbing is that I read on the MLB website that during the interview and a subsequent Q&A with reporters, Selig covered a myriad of topics, from wild card races to Pete Rose, BUT DID NOT MENTION INSTANT REPLAY. Clearly, Bud was afraid to discuss this in front of an audience full of baseball fans who would clearly destroy his narrative that there’s no “appetite” for it.

  17. dwrek5 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Everyone of you guys has a player (or 8) on your favorite team that is enhancing. Enough with the holier than though card or the I’m going to spend every ounce of energy I have to boo this guy from my seat in row 20 on the 4th deck. Eyes wide shut…

    • dwrek5 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Apparently an 8 makes a smiley face with sunglasses on. Cool….

      • cur68 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        Its an ‘8’ with a ‘)’ after. So, if you want to say “a player (or eight)”, you’d best write it out like I just did.

  18. lionsplayoffs - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Reason #582 why Bud Selig is an intolerable commissioner. Lance lost 7 yellow jackets without a positive test and this moron keeps the batting title after failing a test and then trying to orchestrating a scam to fight his suspension. Stay classy Bud. Apparently rules aren’t rules.

  19. makeham98 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Always the ignorant “blame Bud”. MLB has nothing to gain by allowing the cheat to be awarded the batting title.

    If the players felt this was the wrong thing, the union could offer up a solution – which will never happen.

    But take the high road. “Blame Bud”.

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