In my opinion, Melky Cabrera has done the right thing.
The Associated Press is reporting that the San Francisco Giants’ Cabrera has been disqualified from the National League batting title at his own request.
A person familiar with the discussions told the AP that 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 anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Cabrera is currently serving a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. He leads the National League with a .346 average.
The Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is second at .339.
It would have looked bad for Cabrera, and MLB, if Cabrera would have won the batting title while serving a suspension.
In other sports, a player failing a test would lose any title or medal. The same thing should, and will apply to baseball in this case.
At one point, it looked as if McCutchen would win the title. With his slump — and the Pirates — it had increasingly looked as if Cabrera would win.