Following some legal wrangling, suspended San Francisco Giants juicehead Melky Cabrera had his request to be disqualified as the National League batting champion granted on Friday.
“Leche,” who has compiled 69 homers, 417 RBI and 995 hits with a .284 batting average since debuting as a professional with the New York Yankees in 2005, was banned on August 15 after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.
Before being caught with dirty piss, Cabrera won the All-Star Game MVP Award, had a major league-leading 159 hits and was second in the National League with a .346 batting average.
“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,” wrote Cabrera, 28, who is currently eight points ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen for the title. “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.”
“He was just manning up and saying he was wrong,” said McCutchen, 25, a two-time All-Star who has amassed 30 dingers and 92 RBI and currently stands three points ahead of the Giants Buster Posey in the batting race. “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.”
Cabrera has served 35 games of his ban and San Francisco (89-63), who is 11 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, could potentially regain the slugging outfielder during the playoffs in October.
Unfortunately for the 28-year-old Cabrera, who was acquired last November from the Kansas City Royals for left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sánchez and minor league pitcher Ryan Verdugo, the Giants are reportedly unwilling to offer him a spot on their postseason roster.
Hence, in all likelihood, Cabrera will never again sit in the home dugout at AT&T Park in the South Beach section of San Francisco.
Nevertheless, despite being a cheater apparently blacklisted from “The Paris of the West,” Melky Cabrera deserves credit for “manning up and saying he was wrong.”
As Andrew McCutchen aptly remarked, “It was man of him to do that.”by