In light of Melky Cabrera's suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a few questions have arisen. 1) the length of the suspension is currently 50 games for first offense, kirk Gibson, former MLB player and current manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, believes that the first offense should be 1 year and second should be lifetime ban. Hard to argue with that, since everyone knows the rules by now.
The next question people are talking about is whether Melky should be eligible to win the batting title, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune wrote this;
"There's no sane thought process in which he would be allowed to claim a batting crown...but even if Bud Selig wants to keep baseball asterisk-free approach to history, he has an easy escape hatch; forgo the Tony Gwynn rule in this one instance. Let cabrera forever linger one plate appearance shy. His hits remain intact, but he's disqualified from the crown.
Selig's got the authority within the famous "best interest of baseball" clause and its imperative that he uses it.
Not after the fact, either. Right now."
Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports HardballTalk believes he should be entitled to the batting title because regardless he did get those hit, (with a little help IMO). I disagree because if he used a substance of any kind that helped his performance, none of the hits should count.
Some might say that players as far back as Babe Ruth used amphetamines and their records are intact and they weren't punished, Now I believe that most would come to the conclusion that amphetamines do help ones performance, as it is a stimulant and helps with focus. We can't go back and change what happened in the early years of baseball, but we can make it better now and in the future.
I therefore say that Cabrera should not be entitled to the batting crown.