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Another award that should be abandoned?
Just about every athlete that is caught guilty on a drug test follows the below 5 step pattern:
1) Claim they have no idea how this happened
2) Blame faulty test
3) Claim innocence even if retest shows guilt
4) Blame system for false positive on something unrelated (i.e. the poppy muffin excuse)
5) Agree to disagree, I’m not saying I did it, but at this point I pretty much have to sit out.
Notice nowhere in there is an apology to young fans, admission of bad judgment, or “caught in the moment and it won’t happen again”.
But we at least get somewhere in between as Melky Cabrera has “abandoned” his claim to the NL batting title: “I don’t want to win it this way”.
This would have been the second year in a row a major NL award/recognition would have been tainted under cloud of suspicion after 2011 MVP Ryan Braun won an unprecedented overturn of his positive test. I won’t even bother to go through the Cy Youngs won by Clemens, the MVP’s won by Canseco, McGwire, Bonds, etc. But history will probably not exactly look favorably upon them. But, nobody knows who finished second those years (oh gosh, don’t say Sosa). This year, the batting champion of the NL will be someone who played clean. At least we hope. Until the final tests are in. And it could be Braun winning a Triple Crown as a result. Probably not.
And I thought the steroid era was over.
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MLB announced on Friday that players suspended for PED use will not be eligible for that season's individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage titles.
NEW YORK -- Melky Cabrera has been disqualified from the National League batting title at his own request, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said Cabrera asked the players' association to convey his desire to the commissioner's office and that an agreement to make him ineligible was reached Friday. The person spoke on condition of...
Melky Cabrera, serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance, will not win this year’s National League batting title.
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That would be a shame, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill said.
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San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been ruled ineligible for the National League batting title -- at his own request.
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In an unexpected piece of news, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area is reporting that suspended Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will be ineligible to win the National League batting title this year.
Cabrera reportedly asked the players union to remove himself from consideration on Wednesday, and the players union worked out an amendment to rule 10.22a (which gives extra at bats to...
Following some legal wrangling, suspended San Francisco Giants juicehead Melky Cabrera had his request to be disqualified as the National League batting champion granted on Friday. “Leche,” who has compiled 69 homers, 417 RBI and 995 hits with a .284 … Continue reading →
A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated
Press that Melky Cabrera has been disqualified from the National
League batting title at his own request.
Andrew McCutchen's chances of winning the National League batting title got a whole lot better Friday. Serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an excess amount of testosterone, San Francisco left fielder Melky Cabrera, who was leading the league with a .346 batting average, was removed from the batting championship race at his request. Major League Baseball...
Filling in for Ryan this weekend. Here are the links…
An ESPN announcer almost said a bad word on TV, during a BYU game no less.
Melky Cabrera is in image repair mode, recusing himself from the batting title
The Onion is having some more fun at the Red Sox expense. That’s right, I just linked to 2 articles with a word you can’t say on TV in the title
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist For baseball purists, there's not a whole lot to like about what Bud Selig has done to the national pastime.
More proof of that came Wednesday when Selig said he wasn't likely to do anything about Melky Cabrera winning the NL batting title while serving a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test. He also said...