Melky Cabrera Drops Out Of Batting Title Race, Leaving Andrew McCutchen As Front-Runner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 12: Melky Cabrera #53 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two-run single driving in Angel Pagan #16 and Marco Scutaro #19 in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on August 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Weird. Melky Cabrera, who, of course, was suspended for cheating, has asked to be taken out of the running in the race for the batting title, and MLB and the union have agreed to remove him. That leaves Andrew McCutchen currently in first place in the National League with a .339 average.

In a statement to be released shortly, Cabrera said he had "no wish to win an award that would be tainted," and that he "believe[d] it would be far better for someone more deserving to win."

I'll be happy for McCutchen if he wins, but it seems so strange and arbitrary to me for baseball to change its rules like this. To me, it's not about what either player deserves, it's about what happened, according to the rules. Cabrera cheated, and he's paying the penalty for that already, with the suspension.

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