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Friday, September 21, 2012

John Torres: Baseball’s rules suddenly bend on this cheater

Melky Cabrera, don’t you know!

It’s a wonder every major leaguer isn’t cheating. Where’s the penalty? Did the Yankees void the contracts of Jason Giambi or Alex Rodriguez when they were found to be cheaters? Did the Angels void the contract of Gary Matthews Jr., after he was caught having steroids shipped to his home? No, of course not. They still collected the money even though they committed fraud.

Even Roger Clemens is looking for one more payday. He turned in his AARP card and is pitching for some minor league team in Texas. I would not be surprised if he gets invited to spring training next season and makes a few more million.

...What he should have said really is that “baseball statistics are meaningless and we really only keep them for fantasy league managers.”

If Cabrera gets to keep the batting crown, if Ryan Braun gets to keep the MVP because of a technicality, then why even prohibit the use of steroids? They obviously work, right?

I mean how else can you explain how Melky Cabrera went from being a scrub to a superstar overnight?

Drugs.

The good ones, you know the kind that make you bigger, stronger, faster. The ones he was suspended for using and branded a cheater. The ones that allowed him to win the batting crown and probably a nice, big, fat payday next year.

Repoz Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:05 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:30 AM (#4241817)
If the point of this article is to say that the penalty for cheating isn't nearly enough to deter it, that's possibly valid. He sort of loses his way when he starts to talk about statistics.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:35 AM (#4241818)
He sort of loses his way when he starts to talk about statistics woke up this morning

FF
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4241893)
Major League Baseball will not allow Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame because he bet on his own team to win games but they will let confessed cheater Melky Cabrera win the batting title this season?


I don't get the Rose juxtaposition.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4241896)
Major League Baseball will not allow Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame because he bet on his own team to win games but they will let confessed cheater Melky Cabrera win the batting title this season?


What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a major record company, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense!
   5. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4241897)
Melky is going to lose more money because of his suspension than anyone else has. By a lot.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4241914)
Melky is going to lose more money because of his suspension than anyone else has. By a lot.

Yeah, he's probably going from 5/75 to 1/8 in terms of contract.
   7. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM (#4241926)
why even prohibit the use of steroids? They obviously work, right?


Marlon Byrd - .210/.243/.245

Freddy Galvis - .226/.254/.363

Guillermo Mota - 5.30 ERA
   8. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4241966)
MLB doesn't even give out a plaque or a trophy for a batting title. It's not even really an award; it's just a statistic. So what exactly are they supposed to do about this? If the BBWAA wants to adopt a rule about not giving their awards to players who test positive, that's their business.
   9. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM (#4241969)
Another contender for dumbest article of the year. We need to start keeping track of these and give the writer some kind of award at the end of the year.
   10. RJ in TO Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4241974)
Another contender for dumbest article of the year. We need to start keeping track of these and give the writer some kind of award at the end of the year.


Finally! An award I have a chance to win.
   11. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4241979)
Another contender for dumbest article of the year. We need to start keeping track of these and give the writer some kind of award at the end of the year.


Only if the nominees submit to a drug test.
   12. Ron J2 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4241982)
#12 I thought the prize was a drug test.
   13. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM (#4241984)
Finally! An award I have a chance to win.

Naw, I doubt you're stupid enough. You're probably dumb in the, Hey, CBS has a few shows I need to check out this Fall kind of dumb and not Hey, Lou Dobbs is speaking, so I'd better listen kind of dumb...
   14. SandyRiver Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4242036)
I don't know if the article's title came from author or editor, but it states the exact opposite of the facts. MLB's existing rule for AB short of the minumum, made years ago, isn't being bent but upheld. Black is white. Up is down.
   15. Chris Fluit Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4242084)
Isn't the complaint that they're not bending the rules to punish a cheater? They certainly aren't bending the rules to help him. They're simply applying the rules as written.
   16. JoeHova Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4242130)
The Rose thing doesn't even make sense. MLB didn't strip Rose of his records or the Reds of any wins.
   17. Danny Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4242295)
   18. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4242309)
Per his own request.
   19. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4242313)
#17 - Good for the Melkman. There. I said it.
   20. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4242319)
It's nice of him, but he's still the batting champion. Those hits and at bats still happened and it sets a weird precedence to pretend they didn't. Again, a nice gesture on his part.
   21. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4242324)
It's nice of him, but he's still the batting champion. Those hits and at bats still happened and it sets a weird precedence to pretend they didn't. Again, a nice gesture on his part.


I think without the 502 PAs that it's okay for someone else to be the champ. It would only be by odd rule that he'd get it in the first place. If he had one more PA, then he'd be on the leaderboard and yet not the champion, which would be crazy.
   22. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4242334)
I think the additional PA rule is the stupidest thing, so I'm pleased to see that we won't have a batting champion that way. On the other, this "one-time amendment" thing is equally stupid. Bad times.
   23. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4242350)
I think the additional PA rule is the stupidest thing, so I'm pleased to see that we won't have a batting champion that way. On the other, this "one-time amendment" thing is equally stupid. Bad times.

If they want to get rid of the PA rule from here on out, I'm fine with that, but a one time mulligan just seems lame to me. Why not just have a minimum # of PA's be the standard and be done with it? They don't finagle innings for the ERA title, the only other rate stat anyone cares about so why do it for BA?
   24. SM Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4242367)
Well because you can give up an infinite number of runs in 1 inning, but you can't strike out an infinite number of times in 1 at-bat, obviously.
   25. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4242444)
I would not be surprised if he [Clemens] gets invited to spring training next season and makes a few more million.

This is the stupidest part of the article.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4242455)
I agree with #22 and #23.
   27. Walt Davis Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4242614)
Doesn't the one PA rule exist only because somebody everybody wanted to win a batting title had a huge lead but not quite enough PAs?
   28. Tippecanoe Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4242617)
Instead of "Batting Title", let Melky have it but call it the "league leader in base hits per official At Bat". It's justifiable removal of some of the glamour.

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