September 21, 2012
Cabrera urged MLB to rule him ineligible for NL batting title
By QMI Agency
At Melky Cabrera's urging, the suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder has been disqualified from contending for the NL batting title.
Cabrera, who is serving a 50-game ban after failing a drug test for testosterone, asked the players union to withdraw him from consideration for the crown.
The union and MLB officials agreed Friday to a one-time rule amendment regarding minimum plate appearances.
Before being suspended Aug. 15, Cabrera, 28, had a league-leading .346 average in 501 plate appearances, one short of the requirement to be considered eligible for the batting title. But, under Rule 10.22(a), MLB normally would add one hitless at-bat to Cabrera's total and recalculate his average, which at this point still would be the best in the league.
Under the agreement reached by MLB and the union, plate appearances will not be altered this year.
"I respect his gesture as a sign of his regret and his desire to move forward, and I believe that, under these circumstances, the outcome is appropriate, particularly for Mr. Cabrera's peers who are contending for the batting crown," commissioner Bud Selig said.
The issue first arose Wednesday when Selig said he wasn't likely to oppose the possibility of Cabrera winning the battle crown.
Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates trailed Cabrera by seven percentage points at .339 entering play Friday night.