Baggarly: Melky Cabrera begins to repair his image
And so the story of the -- -- CSN Bay Area dot com and throughout Major League Baseball Melky Cabrera no longer eligible to win the batting crown in the National League and and broke that story that CSN Bay Area dot com as our Giants insider Andrew -- early joins us right now and Andrew. What was the Genesis of this process. -- where we're at an all begin on this Melky Cabrera start story. Well it isn't very unique situation and and again we're -- to Cabrera and has represented as they obviously realize that they have a lot of repair work to do both to his reputation into his value. On a free agent market this winter and as you know he's one plate appearance short of qualified for the batting title I was suspended. On. August 15 then there is a rule ten point 228 in the official baseball rules where. If a player is short of the minimum number of plate appearances. You can't added empty at bats. Two priority to all buy in if there ever remains. Still above any other qualifying player than they would be recognized. As the batting champion Melky Cabrera. Talked to the union. The union talked to Major League Baseball official speaking on Wednesday. And what they're basically going to do is not going to enforce a rule and point 228 they're not gonna give Cabrera. At his -- they're not when you give him that extra plate appearance so he will all one plate appearance short of qualifying in their work. Basically batting crown is gonna become a two man race between the Pirates Andrew McCutcheon who's had -- 39 right now and a deterrent Buster Posey is at 335. This is very unprecedented in through that in the midst of -- season Major League Baseball would decide to Alter or change your overrule. So how surprised that you especially since as you point out and your peace -- the commissioner of the league Bud Selig said he probably wasn't gonna roll on anything. Well it's it's just a whole can of -- but you know action that you look at baseball's a records are so secret and and the numbers -- object news in what we make of those numbers whether -- because people -- steroids considerate of those are subjective values and so how do you deal with the objective person the subject and then you know Bud -- -- has realized that if you go and you start monkeying with the records. If circling asterisk next to something like Pete Rose is it Rucker wrote it because you can't from baseball or Barry Bonds in the all time home run record obviously a lot of people feel he took steroids to get past and -- and it's a whole huge can of worms and and it never will end its like the sweater you pull one. Loose thread and all unravels soak in this case site in Major League Baseball officials union officials recognize. It is a unique situation. Cabrera does need one more plate appearance added -- this will to be qualified for the batting title and basically they're just not when he gets in that plate appearance and its one time will now I can't believe in the offseason what they're gonna do it but look at this rule and maybe they'll change it so that if -- -- suspended player you won't be able to happen it pats counted. To be eligible. But for now just one rule change and it means that Cabrera will not win a batting. And so he doesn't win a batting crown may be helps his image but also his representation has been tarnished in this is well there was a back story about. Fake website that was being set up. Melky in some ways improves an image but what about now he's representation now are they being improved and they have a hand in this at all. Well they've both been very adamant that -- liaison. Did come caucus only web site product tried to explain away -- positive testosterone test is taking it currently. Based on his own product and obviously it has been very damaging for all parties involved. And you know no question this is an olive branches and reach out big return to the Giants to -- recognized the Buster Posey should be attention to finish -- -- and Andrew McCutcheon. I don't know how much it's going to happen in terms of impact. One thing I once told those that you will not be getting back. His all star game MVP award wheeled back with a brand new car so that there is he intentional. -- got from that work not can get that. The batting crown thing is very symbolic. There there is no way he can benefit from that there are no bonuses that can be associated with that is has no. And ruled the collective bargaining agreement. You can only get players bonuses for things like innings pitched no games played teams finished speaking -- someone a reliever for example in the -- saves but only teams finished so so Melky Cabrera was not gonna win Indian extra money. -- pieces of being the batting champion -- -- Usually like giving any money that he's hoping to do is to repair his image and and and be contrite and and show people that he can win these courts you know Walt -- passing all drug tests and that's. And very interesting to see what the market is going to before him as a free agent this winter. And as the season has played out with -- smoking situation up until today is this the closing chapter in the book is now shot. And any story involving the Giants and Melky Cabrera no longer hangs over their head there is no longer look at the future with these two is is that final chapter. Oh no like I don't because of the final chapter because you got to remember that you're forty or 45 teams left in the regular season when you. Was suspended for fifty games and and as as you know. At the giants' future past Pitt post season game. Then Cabrera would be eligible to return that question is going to linger. We know I've been told that it's very very unlikely that Cabrera would be. Welcome tackle because of the distractions you would bring and also because so he really isn't going to be able to see a whole lot of life pitching. September 27 as the first day but he could even report to instructional league and didn't bet against some of the rookie prospects down there and errors or -- Giants. Were of the mind to do that so. We probably have seen the last of Melky Cabrera and a Giants uniform but I don't think we've for the last about two of the Giants and Melky Cabrera especially if they get past five postseason games. Are able to big story of the day Melky Cabrera that no longer eligible to win the National League batting crown and it broke that story is our Giants insider Andrew Bagger late keep checking back to CSN Bay Area dot com for more on this story will be at the forefront of it. It and -- great work today and thanks for joining us. --
Insider Andrew Baggarly outlines the process that led to Melky Cabrera being ineligible for the NL batting title.