He cheated during a career-best season. Such a shame. Obviously, there was some correlation to his performance and the performance enhancing drugs he was taking. It’s safe to say the career-bests were due to the cheating. The testosterone. The steroids.
A former athlete, I have to chuckle every time some bag talks about steroids not doing anything for a baseball player other than improving their power numbers. If your hands are quicker through the zone, any quickness gained from a performance enhancing substance, whether cocaine or levels of testosterone that are too high scored from supplemental juice, will positively affect your ability to perform. Thus, steroids can help improve a batting average. The 6-3 ground out, gets through a hole, the bloop finds the gap.
When suspended for 50 games for PEDs, Melky Cabrera’s batting average had him in line to compete for the NL Batting Title. With a gross oversight on behalf of the MLB Rules Committee and Commissioner Bud Selig (mostly Selig), there was no rule in place to prevent a performance-based cheater from winning a performance-based award…if they were suspended after having played enough games and/or possessed enough appearances (in this case at-bats) to enjoy award eligibility.
In short. Melky Cabrera, by the numbers, IS the NL Batting Champion for the 2012 MLB season.
And in response to having the numbers to be the NL Batting Champion, Melky Cabrera has stated that he will not, and would not accept the award when/if it was offered–that he would not want an award that was in any way, “tainted.”
I applaud Melky for doing the right thing…and boo Selig for doing nothing…again.