Well it looks as though this year’s MLB ALL-STAR MVP, Melky Cabrera of the San Fransisco Giants got caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, and will be suspended for the rest of the season for using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). That’s not the surprising thing…well actually it is, because in this day and age, where these ball players are TESTED all the time, why would a player take a chance of getting caught using PEDs and harm their reputation?
The REAL SURPRISING thing to me at least, is that he could STILL win the N.L. Batting Title (insert post title here)! Not only has Cabrera admitted to the PED use (and apologized), he is now suspended and won’t play in another game this season. He is also one “at-bat” short of the minimum (502) required to qualify for the title. No worries for Melky, his .346 batting average will be intact after MLB enacts RULE 10.22(a) (the Tony Gwynn Rule and add an 0-1 to his stats so he “hits” the required 502 at-bats).
What a JOKE! He’s basically disqualified on two fronts first he cheated to obtain his stellar batting average, and second he DOESN’T have ENOUGH at-bats!
Here a guy ADMITS he used PEDs and he is still given the opportunity to look like a superstar.
Let’s put this in an everyday situation: Let’s say two employees are competing in a year-long incentive contest at work, and the winner get two round trip tickets to Hawaii for a two-week all expenses paid vacation. It’s the 11th month, and employee number one who has the lead in the monthly competition, gets pulled over, the police officer for what appears to be driving under the influence. After checking the car, finds a bag of cocaine and when the police officer opened the trunk he finds over $1000 worth of merchandise stolen from the store where the employee works. The employee gets suspend from work for 30 days…BUT because he/she was already ahead in the competition 7 months to 4, the company still awards employee number one the vacation even though they were arrested and did NOT compete for the last month (because there were NOT enough months left for the other employees to pull head).
It’s basically the same for Melky, he got caught (using PEDs), suspended (by MLB – his employer), and lied (to MLB and his fans that he was putting out a “true” unenhanced product on the field).
As it stands (August 17th,2012) Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCuthen .360, San Fransisco outfielder Melky Cabrera .346 and Cincinnati First Baseman Joey Votto .342. I just hope neither McCutchen or Votto go into a slump.
(keep in mind Cabrera’s .346 batting average is high enough to winn the title every year since 2005 except for 2008 when Chipper Jones hit .364)
The Tony Gwynn Rule:
It’s officially called Rule 10.22(a), but it’s known that way because the Padres’ legend took the batting crown in 1996 with a .353 average on just 498 plate appearances. He was four shy.
The rule allowed that because Gwynn would have led the league even if he’d gone 0-for-4 in those missing plate appearances. His average would have dropped to .349, five points better than second-place Ellis Burks’ .344.
What did Tony do to miss the remainder of the 1996 season? He slammed a car door on his hand.