Why Is Major League Baseball Going To Reward A Guy Who Used Performance-Enhancing Drugs This Season?
Melky Cabrera had one hell of a season through the first 100 games of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. He led the San Francisco Giants to the top of the NL West. He hit a bunch of home runs. He was named the MVP of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. And, maybe most impressively, Cabrera put together a .346 batting average and put himself in prime position in the race for the NL batting title. But, in August, Cabrera’s whole world came tumbling down.
First, he tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs and was banned from playing baseball for 50 games. Then, it was widely reported that he had created a fake website and told MLB that that was where he had purchased the substances that triggered his positive drug test (they later found out that the website was fake). And, finally, he was stripped of his opportunity to win the batting title that he’d come so close to winning this season. Er, or, was he?
Unbelievably, he wasn’t. Despite the fact that he used PEDs this season and then lied about it, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig just sat down for an interview with the YES Network that will air on September 27 and reportedly said that he will not stop Cabrera from winning the batting title if his .346 batting average turns out to be good enough. As it turns out, Carbera’s .346 batting average is still the best in the National League. So, if no one catches him, the title is his.
“We’ll see how it plays out,” Selig says in the interview. “We generally don’t interfere in that process. We’ll take a look at it at the end of the year.”
Does that seem fair? While Cabrera’s closest competition Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has played by the rules all year and done his best to win the batting title fairly, Cabrera cheated. Selig says he doesn’t want MLB to start overstepping their boundaries by tampering with awards that were designed to reward players who put up big numbers. But, if those big numbers came as a result of PED use, shouldn’t he reconsider his stance?
Hopefully, the league reconsiders their position on this—and on all future awards. Players who are suspended for 50 games don’t deserve to be rewarded. They deserve to be punished. Don’t you agree?