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NBC SportsTalk: What’s the deal with the Melky Rule?

Sep 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

I was on NBC SportsTalk last night and spoke with Erik Kuselias about the Melky ruling:

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  1. Pierre Cruzatte - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    “I was on NBC SportsTalk last night and spoke with noted horndog Eric Kuselias”


  2. 4cornersfan - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Like a lot of Yankee fans I really liked Melky’s exuberance and energy when he played for the team and was sorry to see him traded. I believed that he had a lot of potential both in his hitting and fielding. The rumor was that the front office thought that he was a negative influence on Cano, who was his good friend. If that is true then Yankee fans can be thankful that he was sent on his way. From what I have read, he may have been poorly advised about PEDs by people close to him. If so, it looks like he is now getting better advice. Although I question how a player can decline a batting title and how the league can declare somebody ineligible for a title when the rules and math say otherwise, it was a good decision all the way around, and showed that professional baseball has the flexibility to deal with unusual situations as they arise. Now, let’s look at the Pete Rose Hall of Fame situation.

  3. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Craig, you repeated your oft stated belief that the batting title is no big deal (shant rattle off the library of quotes), so I am curious. If a player has an incentive in his contract for winning the batting title (or coming in, say, the top 3), what would you say if that player was caught using PED’s?

    Should baseball mandate all those contracts have a PED escape clauses? Not allow those incentives all together? Do they say “Hey, you won that $100K fair….errrr….sort fair and square!” Or should different rules apply between players who do and players who don’t have such incentives?

  4. willclarkgameface - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Three plus one equals a trip to the Dominican to get drugs and to set up a website coverup.

    Melky should have won this thing. I think Bud dragged him and the players union into a dark little room to discuss the matter only to have Melky “resolve” the issue on his own.

    It looks fishy and Bud should have taken care of this long before it had to even come to this. There should have been rules in place that said you can’t win these awards if you are suspended for PEDs. Think about how many guys have this written into their contracts and that if you don’t technically win you don’t get the bonus money. It would be great to see this happen, but no. Bud sat on his ass too long while still thinking about used cars, Pete Rose, and why the DH is so great for the AL and not great for the NL and why they won’t use it for NL parks but why they will use it in AL parks.

    Look – Bud is busy, OKAY?

  5. don444 - Sep 23, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    While no great theoretical fan of a cheater walking off with the batting title, the idea of irritated folks getting together and concocting a “one-time rule” (WTF, that’s just not even caring how transparent their idiocy is) in order to appease the whiny masses and, in essence, alter the rules in the middle of the game is beyond ridiculous to me. Also, all of you who want to believe that the idea of graciously stepping aside and forfeiting eligibility for the 2012 NL batting title originated with the notoriously selfish Cabrera are more than welcome to indulge your fantasies. I personally have little doubt that Melky was contacted by a person or persons within baseball’s hierarchy and basically told in no uncertain terms that something was being put together to solve the potential embarrassment of his winning this year’s batting title and that it was very much in his best interest going forward in baseball to publicly get on board with whatever they ultimately came up with.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      So “theoretically” you’re okay with a PED cheater “alter(ing) the rules in the middle of the game?” I guess if that makes me one of the “whiny masses” I’ll just go ahead and start slicing my cheese.

      • don444 - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:15 AM

        What rule on the books, exactly, did he alter in terms of his winning the batting title in 2012 by using PEDs? If you don’t like someone who’s been banned during the season reaping statistical “awards” at season’s end (banning him from the batting title, a statistical reality, is very different from making a player ineligible for MVP, Cy Young or Rookie of the Year, awards that are VOTED on, whether you understand as much or not) then fine, formally address the issue at the Winter Meetings and have that on the books going forward in 2013. Yeah, getting involved in that in September of 2012 just because clods like you don’t like where that race is headed is dumb and nothing more than coddling the generally useless and whiny masses. As far as your slicing cheese goes, lol, why stop there, might as well raise the implement up to your head and be done with it as far as I’m concerned.

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