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ChiefsandO'sfan
08-15-2012, 12:42 PM
Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Just announced by #MLB: #SFGiants' Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.
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ChiefsandO'sfan
08-15-2012, 12:42 PM
Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Cabrera suspension effective immediately. Out for rest of season. #SFGiants

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-15-2012, 12:44 PM
Whoa....

-King-
08-15-2012, 12:44 PM
ROFL Haha

Fish
08-15-2012, 12:45 PM
The Low T Center was a bad idea...

Bowser
08-15-2012, 12:45 PM
Called it. /GMDM

Bewbies
08-15-2012, 12:46 PM
Atlanta hates that guy LMAO

Ceej
08-15-2012, 12:47 PM
LMAO LMAO

So much for NL MVP talks.

Frazod
08-15-2012, 12:50 PM
Big Daddy's gonna be pissed.

mcaj22
08-15-2012, 12:53 PM
this dude was the entire hype and star of the All Star game and he fucking cheated

lol MLB

Demonpenz
08-15-2012, 12:56 PM
He got a new camero out of the deal!

siberian khatru
08-15-2012, 12:57 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.

Bowser
08-15-2012, 01:01 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.

This must be done. This HAS to be done.

KCUnited
08-15-2012, 01:02 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.

But what about the tshirts? /Toby Cook

BigMeatballDave
08-15-2012, 01:04 PM
Wow

His season is over and he's potentially lost millions of future dollars.

BigMeatballDave
08-15-2012, 01:05 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.
LMAO

Mr. Laz
08-15-2012, 01:05 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.
ROFL

AndChiefs
08-15-2012, 01:07 PM
Well he is in San Francisco.

Chiefless
08-15-2012, 01:08 PM
So if Guthrie remains servicable, perhaps the melky trade isn't one of the worst trades in the history of mlb?

eazyb81
08-15-2012, 01:13 PM
HAHAHAHA, holy sh#t what a f'n loser.

ROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFL

Dayton Moore is dancing a damn jig right now.

Demonpenz
08-15-2012, 01:14 PM
This is Our OJ simpson verdict /white royals fans

alpha_omega
08-15-2012, 01:16 PM
I would like to laugh, but frankly i have already written off baseball for the year.

I hate it when i do that, but i guess a couple decades of futility does have an effect.

Dragonocho
08-15-2012, 01:21 PM
The Low T Center was a bad idea...

ROFL

Two-Twenty
08-15-2012, 01:24 PM
LA baseball FTMFW

L.A. Chieffan
08-15-2012, 01:25 PM
Couldn't have happened to a better franchise

Big Smoke
08-15-2012, 01:34 PM
Well this news certainly still makes the Sanchez deal still look like shit.

Saul Good
08-15-2012, 01:40 PM
It's pretty bad when we can trade off a player who gets suspended for 50 games and still be the losers of the lopsided deal.

Ceej
08-15-2012, 02:09 PM
It's pretty bad when we can trade off a player who gets suspended for 50 games and still be the losers of the lopsided deal.

Dayton?!?!!?

Is that you?!!?

Mr. Laz
08-15-2012, 02:13 PM
It's pretty bad when we can trade off a player who gets suspended for 50 games and still be the losers of the lopsided deal.

I don't know ... guthrie has looked pretty good lately.

BigCatDaddy
08-15-2012, 02:18 PM
Rany Jazayerli ‏@jazayerli

Honestly, if the Royals could foist Francoeur on the Giants as Melky's replacement, that would be the funniest thing ever.

At least they know Frenchy is clean. He can't hit for shit.

SPchief
08-15-2012, 02:24 PM
He can still win the NL batting title.

Mojo Rising
08-15-2012, 02:26 PM
Can't wait to see what those dorky SF Giant fans who dressed up like Milk Men will be wearing as costumes.

BWillie
08-15-2012, 03:07 PM
Hats off to Melky. He didn't run from it, didn't say "Oh I'm just so manly which is why I have high test and I drank Whisky the night before" like Floyd Landis, or make some gay story up. He accepted responsibility, said he was wrong. Good job IMO

Fruit Ninja
08-15-2012, 03:09 PM
As a Dodger fan, i m ok with this. One good hitter out for the year during the race for the pennant!

BIG_DADDY
08-15-2012, 03:14 PM
This really friggen sucks

BIG_DADDY
08-15-2012, 03:15 PM
Can't wait to see what those dorky SF Giant fans who dressed up like Milk Men will be wearing as costumes.

At least they are not attempting to kill opposing fans in their parking lot.

Brainiac
08-15-2012, 03:21 PM
Eric Hosmer needs to take some freaking PEDs.

Mr. Laz
08-15-2012, 03:26 PM
This really friggen sucks

ROFL


sorry



ROFL ROFL

Mr. Laz
08-15-2012, 03:52 PM
Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN
Melky was like a bank robber who did everything right in his plan to steal millions – right up until moment his getaway car ran out of gas.
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BigMeatballDave
08-15-2012, 03:56 PM
Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN
Melky was like a bank robber who did everything right in his plan to steal millions – right up until moment his getaway car ran out of gas.
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:LOL:

pr_capone
08-15-2012, 03:57 PM
Atlanta hates that guy LMAO

Damn skippy

siberian khatru
08-15-2012, 03:59 PM
Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN
Melky was like a bank robber who did everything right in his plan to steal millions – right up until moment his getaway car ran out of gas.
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Awesome. ROFL

mr. tegu
08-15-2012, 04:02 PM
So if Guthrie remains servicable, perhaps the melky trade isn't one of the worst trades in the history of mlb?

It never was.

So does GMDM get somewhat of a pass for his trade with this news? We all knew Melky's numbers even last year were out of the ordinary and likely not sustainable. And turns out they weren't. Melky was a cheater with fake numbers and Sanchez just plained sucked. It was a lose/lose situation it turns out.

BIG_DADDY
08-15-2012, 04:05 PM
ROFL


sorry



ROFL ROFL

You watch baseball?

Deberg_1990
08-15-2012, 05:51 PM
Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Just announced by #MLB: #SFGiants' Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.
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I guess Dayton Moore truly is a genius.

Mr. Laz
08-15-2012, 05:54 PM
You watch baseball?
umm ... as much as the standard depressed and abused Royals fan does.

:shrug:

stonedstooge
08-15-2012, 05:57 PM
Sounds like he needs to hire Ryan Braun's lawyer

Sure-Oz
08-15-2012, 06:00 PM
Trade Francouer for nothing now

Mojo Rising
08-16-2012, 03:39 PM
At least they are not attempting to kill opposing fans in their parking lot.

They just kill their own....

A San Carlos man pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for throwing a punch that killed a Giants fan outside AT&T Park in 2008, attorneys said.

Under a plea agreement announced the day his trial was supposed to start, Taylor Buckley, 20, will be sentenced to one year in jail and five years' probation for the death of 18-year-old Anthony Giraudo of Redwood City.

Buckley was an 18-year-old senior at Carlmont High School in Belmont on May 9, 2008, when he punched Giraudo, a freshman at Cañada College in Redwood City, during an argument outside the ballpark.

Giraudo, a pitcher on his college's baseball team, fell and struck his head on the concrete. He died the next day.

San Francisco prosecutors charged Buckley with involuntary manslaughter instead of murder because they concluded he had not intended to kill Giraudo.

Buckley, who has been free on bail, was handcuffed and remanded into custody after accepting the plea agreement. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 22.

Buckley's attorney, Douglas Horngrad, said the deal was identical to one the defense offered almost three years ago. "We have thought this was a fair disposition for quite some time now," he said.

Horngrad said his client has been remorseful since the incident and called Giraudo's death "a tragedy all around."

"When you play a role in the event in which someone loses their life, you never get over it," Horngrad said. "I don't think Taylor will get over it, and the Giraudo family, who buried a child, will never get over it."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Guilty-plea-in-punching-death-outside-AT-T-Park-2476467.php#ixzz23kPeM8w9

Mojo Rising
08-16-2012, 03:39 PM
At least they are not attempting to kill opposing fans in their parking lot.

They just kill their own....

A San Carlos man pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for throwing a punch that killed a Giants fan outside AT&T Park in 2008, attorneys said.

Under a plea agreement announced the day his trial was supposed to start, Taylor Buckley, 20, will be sentenced to one year in jail and five years' probation for the death of 18-year-old Anthony Giraudo of Redwood City.

Buckley was an 18-year-old senior at Carlmont High School in Belmont on May 9, 2008, when he punched Giraudo, a freshman at Cañada College in Redwood City, during an argument outside the ballpark.

Giraudo, a pitcher on his college's baseball team, fell and struck his head on the concrete. He died the next day.

San Francisco prosecutors charged Buckley with involuntary manslaughter instead of murder because they concluded he had not intended to kill Giraudo.

Buckley, who has been free on bail, was handcuffed and remanded into custody after accepting the plea agreement. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 22.

Buckley's attorney, Douglas Horngrad, said the deal was identical to one the defense offered almost three years ago. "We have thought this was a fair disposition for quite some time now," he said.

Horngrad said his client has been remorseful since the incident and called Giraudo's death "a tragedy all around."

"When you play a role in the event in which someone loses their life, you never get over it," Horngrad said. "I don't think Taylor will get over it, and the Giraudo family, who buried a child, will never get over it."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Guilty-plea-in-punching-death-outside-AT-T-Park-2476467.php#ixzz23kPeM8w9

La literatura
08-16-2012, 03:57 PM
This was disappointing to hear. I really like Melky.

Rain Man
08-16-2012, 03:58 PM
His name is Melky?

BIG_DADDY
08-16-2012, 04:47 PM
They just kill their own....

A San Carlos man pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for throwing a punch that killed a Giants fan outside AT&T Park in 2008, attorneys said.

Under a plea agreement announced the day his trial was supposed to start, Taylor Buckley, 20, will be sentenced to one year in jail and five years' probation for the death of 18-year-old Anthony Giraudo of Redwood City.

Buckley was an 18-year-old senior at Carlmont High School in Belmont on May 9, 2008, when he punched Giraudo, a freshman at Cañada College in Redwood City, during an argument outside the ballpark.

Giraudo, a pitcher on his college's baseball team, fell and struck his head on the concrete. He died the next day.

San Francisco prosecutors charged Buckley with involuntary manslaughter instead of murder because they concluded he had not intended to kill Giraudo.

Buckley, who has been free on bail, was handcuffed and remanded into custody after accepting the plea agreement. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 22.

Buckley's attorney, Douglas Horngrad, said the deal was identical to one the defense offered almost three years ago. "We have thought this was a fair disposition for quite some time now," he said.

Horngrad said his client has been remorseful since the incident and called Giraudo's death "a tragedy all around."

"When you play a role in the event in which someone loses their life, you never get over it," Horngrad said. "I don't think Taylor will get over it, and the Giraudo family, who buried a child, will never get over it."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Guilty-plea-in-punching-death-outside-AT-T-Park-2476467.php#ixzz23kPeM8w9

That's what happens when Dodger fans come up here. YOu forget opening day with the father that got beat into a coma in front of his kids for being a Giants fan. What is it with you guys

BTW, Gotta love Victor Conte. That guy is going to be a thorn in the side of MLB for the rest of his life.

Mojo Rising
08-16-2012, 05:27 PM
It is safe to assume that these kind, innocent Giants fans that you speak of are also Niner fans. How did those fans welcome the Oakland Raider fans last pre season? It looked like a prison yard fight/riot on tv.

BIG_DADDY
08-16-2012, 06:39 PM
It is safe to assume that these kind, innocent Giants fans that you speak of are also Niner fans. How did those fans welcome the Oakland Raider fans last pre season? It looked like a prison yard fight/riot on tv.

Niners should be good this year. Come on man, we all know the Raiders fans start everything.

KChiefer
08-16-2012, 06:44 PM
My FBB team is dropping like flies lately. Bautista, Konerko, Melky, Cuddyer.

Paniero
08-16-2012, 07:46 PM
Melky will still win the batting title. Heh.

Mojo Rising
08-16-2012, 09:32 PM
Niners should be good this year. Come on man, we all know the Raiders fans start everything.

We have had our fair share of experiences with Raider fans in Oakland bro! I still remember when our group came over to meet you for a mini tailgate after the Chiefs at Niners game and we missed our ride. I asked a cop if we could walk to a bus stop to get out of the area because there were no taxis left.

He told us, we call people who walk out of this stadium 1 thing....





victims.

BIG_DADDY
08-16-2012, 09:41 PM
We have had our fair share of experiences with Raider fans in Oakland bro! I still remember when our group came over to meet you for a mini tailgate after the Chiefs at Niners game and we missed our ride. I asked a cop if we could walk to a bus stop to get out of the area because there were no taxis left.

He told us, we call people who walk out of this stadium 1 thing....





victims.

LMAO Indeed

You don't want to be hoofing it through Hunters Point.

Mojo Rising
08-17-2012, 12:22 AM
LMAO Indeed

You don't want to be hoofing it through Hunters Point.

Agreed. Much tougher than the KCK 9th St, Paseo, Argentine projects!

Dont get too optimistic in Vegas about the Niners. When I was in SF a couple of weeks ago the local hack spouted a great stat. Of the 27 clubs who accomplished what the Niners did (3'sh wins to 10 plus) over the past 10 years only 3 won more than 8 plus games the following year.

Deberg_1990
09-20-2012, 01:23 PM
He might win the NL batting Title. Hilarious if he does.



http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/20248015/selig-mlb-unlikely-to-interfere-if-melky-cabrera-wins-nl-batting-title/rss



Major League Baseball appears unlikely to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.

The San Francisco Giants outfielder began Wednesday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.

Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount if the Giants play 162 games. Under section 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, he would win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

"We'll see how it all plays out," 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."

Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone and is missing the final 45 games of the regular season.

During the YES interview, scheduled to air for the first time Sept. 27, Selig was asked whether records set during the Steroids Era should be revisited.

"You can't change records because once you get into that it would never stop," Selig said. "It would create more problems than it would solve."

Selig did say he was pleased an agreement was reached Tuesday to suspend Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston.

"When something like that happens, it's disappointing," Selig said.

Selig would not indicate whether he was closer to making a decision on the dispute between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. Oakland wants to build a ballpark in San Jose, which is part of the Giants' territory, and Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to evaluate the issue.

"The committee has been working very hard," he said.

BigMeatballDave
09-20-2012, 01:33 PM
He's shouldn't be eligible for it since he's suspended.

Saul Good
09-20-2012, 01:42 PM
He's shouldn't be eligible for it since he's suspended.

Why not? If he got suspended for the last three games of the season for criticizing an umpire, would he not be eligible?

pr_capone
09-20-2012, 01:45 PM
Why not? If he got suspended for the last three games of the season for criticizing an umpire, would he not be eligible?

Because criticizing an umpire doesn't enhance one's performance perhaps?

I believe that if any player gets caught using PEDs in a season, aside from being suspended, they should forefit any "best player" awards they would have earned that season.

I realize that is not the case right now... but it should be.

BigMeatballDave
09-20-2012, 01:46 PM
Why not? If he got suspended for the last three games of the season for criticizing an umpire, would he not be eligible?

50 games is a bit different than 3. :rolleyes:

Especially the circumstances that brought on the suspension.

Missing 30% of a season due to suspension should disqualify you.

Deberg_1990
09-20-2012, 01:47 PM
He's shouldn't be eligible for it since he's suspended.

Well, MLB isnt the NCAA, like the commish said, its opening a huge can of worms if you try to go back and strip records away.

Deberg_1990
09-20-2012, 01:48 PM
Missing 30% of a season due to suspension should disqualify you.

Hes met the eligible number of at bats.

BigMeatballDave
09-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Hes met the eligible number of at bats.

Its the impropriety that should make him ineligible.

That rule isn't in place, however.

BIG_DADDY
09-20-2012, 01:57 PM
Sounds like the Giants don't want him back for the playoff run. I am sure he would give up the award in a second to have a shot at the post season.

Saul Good
09-20-2012, 02:25 PM
Because criticizing an umpire doesn't enhance one's performance perhaps?

I believe that if any player gets caught using PEDs in a season, aside from being suspended, they should forefit any "best player" awards they would have earned that season.

I realize that is not the case right now... but it should be.

That's different than saying "because he's suspended".

mcaj22
09-20-2012, 02:37 PM
pro sports in America...

football - a commissioner with an ego the size of Asia he will run around suspending players and stripping coaches of duties if they fart wrong just because he wants to

baseball - a commissioner that is afraid to take a batting title away and is unsure if he is even allowed.


if Goodell was the baseball commissioner he would have had Melky kidnapped in the middle of the night and locked away in Guantanamo Bay

BigMeatballDave
09-20-2012, 02:40 PM
That's different than saying "because he's suspended".:facepalm:

Well, I figured a person of average intelligence, and familiar with this situation, could understand WTF I was referring to.

whoman69
09-20-2012, 02:43 PM
pro sports in America...

football - a commissioner with an ego the size of Asia he will run around suspending players and stripping coaches of duties if they fart wrong just because he wants to

baseball - a commissioner that is afraid to take a batting title away and is unsure if he is even allowed.


if Goodell was the baseball commissioner he would have had Melky kidnapped in the middle of the night and locked away in Guantanamo Bay

overstate much?

Chiefspants
09-20-2012, 02:49 PM
overstate much?

I think that's what he may have been going for

Chief_For_Life58
09-20-2012, 05:49 PM
I had him on my fantasy team this season n I picked him thinking he wasent done balling with us and I was not wrong...he balled outrageously...im saying this cus I really like him and I really liked him when he was playing for us last year but selig should NOT let him win the batting title fuck that he does not deserve it...if barry bonds and mcguire dont get into the hall why the hell should melky get the batting title?

chefsos
09-20-2012, 06:21 PM
I had him on my fantasy team this season n I picked him thinking he wasent done balling with us and I was not wrong...he balled outrageously...im saying this cus I really like him and I really liked him when he was playing for us last year but selig should NOT let him win the batting title fuck that he does not deserve it...if barry bonds and mcguire dont get into the hall why the hell should melky get the batting title?Well...no one has the opportunity to give a yes or no vote for the batting champion. MLB would have to interfere (rightfully so in this case, IMO) in the simple accumulation of numbers.

Or Andrew McCutchen could get his ass in gear.

pr_capone
09-20-2012, 06:23 PM
Well...no one has the opportunity to give a yes or no vote for the batting champion. MLB would have to interfere (rightfully so in this case, IMO) in the simple accumulation of numbers.

Or Andrew McCutchen could get his ass in gear

yup, that slacker and his .339 BA

:)

chefsos
09-20-2012, 06:27 PM
yup, that slacker and his .339 BA

:)Heh. All he has to do is hit about .600 the rest of the way. Don't break out the calculator; I pulled that number completely out of my ass.

chefsos
09-20-2012, 06:30 PM
Maybe there could be a website or something designed to plead Melky's case. If only...

SPchief
09-21-2012, 06:56 PM
Well...no one has the opportunity to give a yes or no vote for the batting champion. MLB would have to interfere (rightfully so in this case, IMO) in the simple accumulation of numbers.

Or Andrew McCutchen could get his ass in gear.

Or Melky did the smart thing and said he wouldn't accept the award.

chefsos
09-21-2012, 07:25 PM
Or Melky did the smart thing and said he wouldn't accept the award.I read about that. Stand up move on his part.

pr_capone
09-21-2012, 07:39 PM
I read about that. Stand up move on his part.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8407726/san-francisco-giants-melky-cabrera-disqualifies-nl-batting-title


NEW YORK -- Melky Cabrera lost the right to play baseball by failing a drug test and now he has given up his chance to win the National League batting title.

Cabrera was disqualified from the NL batting honor at his own request when Major League Baseball and the players' association agreed Friday to a one-season-only change in the rule governing the individual batting, slugging and on-base percentage champions.

Serving a 50-game suspension, the San Francisco Giants slugger entered Friday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen. Cabrera, the All-Star game MVP, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone and is missing the final 45 games of the regular season.

Cabrera had 501 plate appearances, one short of the required minimum, but would have won the title under section 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules if an extra hitless at-bat were added to his average and he still finished ahead. With Friday's agreement, that provision won't apply this year to a player who "served a drug suspension for violating the Joint Drug Program."


The process for the change was set in motion Wednesday evening when Cabrera's agent, Seth Levinson, sent an email to union head Michael Weiner with an attached letter from Cabrera in English and Spanish.

"I ask the Players Association to take the necessary steps, in conjunction with the Office of the Commissioner, to remove my name from for the National League batting title," Cabrera wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

"To be plain, I personally have no wish to win an award that would widely be seen as tainted, and I believe that it would be far better for the remaining contenders to compete for that distinction," Cabrera wrote. "So too, the removal of my name from consideration will permit me to focus on my goal of working hard upon my return to baseball so that I may be able to win that distinction in a season played in full compliance with league rules. To be plain, I plan to work hard to vindicate myself in that very manner."

Lawyers from Major League Baseball and the union finished drafting the change on Friday.

"Major League Baseball will comply with Mr. Cabrera's request," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. "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."

On Wednesday morning, Selig had said "we generally don't interfere" in the batting title issue.

Cabrera then took the initiative.

"It goes without saying that the last couple of months have been painful for Melky and he has certainly paid a significant price for the mistake that he made," Levinson wrote in the email, also obtained by the AP. "He wants to show the baseball world that he is remorseful and worthy of a 2nd chance. He understands that it will take both time and action to restore his good name and to prove that his love and respect for the game is unequivocal."

Qualifications for the batting championship are contained in the scoring section of the Official Baseball Rules, and Article 18 of baseball's labor contract says that if management and the union don't reach an agreement on proposed scoring rule changes that "significantly affect terms and conditions of employment" then the changes can't be put into effect until after the next complete season -- which in this case would delay a modification until 2014.

But MLB and the union can change the rule at any time if they agree.

"I am grateful that the Players Association and MLB were able to honor my request by suspending the rule for this season," Cabrera said in a statement. "I know that changing the rules midseason can present problems, and I thank the Players Association and MLB for finding a way to get this done."

Baseball rules state a player needs to average a minimum 3.1 plate appearances for each of his team's games to become a batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion. But the last sentence of 10.22(a) says: "Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement of minimum appearances at the plate, any player with fewer than the required number of plate appearances whose average would be the highest, if he were charged with the required number of plate appearances shall be awarded the batting, slugging or on-base percentage championship, as the case may be."

The provision came into play for the first time in 1996, when San Diego's Tony Gwynn won his third straight NL batting title, and his seventh overall. Gwynn hit .353 in 498 plate appearances and won when four hitless at-bats were added and his average still topped that of Colorado's Ellis Burks, Gwynn's closest pursuer at .344.

As the agreement is worded, the only way Cabrera would qualify for the batting title is if the Giants had a rainout and played only 161 games, in which case 499 plate appearances would be sufficient. Such a situation is unlikely this late in the season.

Weiner praised Cabrera, saying "we commend Melky's decision under these circumstances."

So did McCutchen, who played down the chance to take the batting crown himself.

"It was him saying -- he was just manning up and saying he was wrong and he took himself out of the race," McCutchen said. "It was man of him to do that. I guess he thought that was the right thing to do and I commend him for doing that."

First step to redemption. Well done Melky. Clemens, McGuire, Sosa, Petite should all fucking take note.

SPchief
09-21-2012, 08:04 PM
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8407726/san-francisco-giants-melky-cabrera-disqualifies-nl-batting-title



First step to redemption. Well done Melky. Clemens, McGuire, Sosa, Petite should all fucking take note.

Thanks for finding an article, I had only heard about it by watching the Royals game. Stand up thing for Melky to do. Anyone who gets caught from here on out should take note on what Melky's done. Take ownership of what happened and move on.