Melky Cabrera won't go away.
Even as the first-place San Francisco Giants have moved on -- quite famously, in fact, with a 13-7 record since his steroid suspension -- Cabrera's name remains a nuisance to any fan who checks the National League batting statistics.
That's right: Cabrera still leads the league with a .346 batting average.
At a time when Major League Baseball is taking commendable steps to address performance-enhancing drug use, bestowing the batting title upon Cabrera would be a grand and unnecessary embarrassment. And he's a genuine threat to win it, unless Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (.345) finishes with a flourish.
Hoping that McCutchen gets two hits each night is a poor strategy to see that justice is served.
Commissioner Bud Selig has been reluctant to enact retroactive discipline -- asterisks, forfeiture of wins or NCAA-style omission of records -- for Steroid Era offenses. I understand why. Once you start tinkering with the historical record, it's hard to ...