Melky Cabrera's Batting Title and 8 Soiled Records/Awards MLB Should Wipe out
After the taping of an episode of CenterStage for the YES network, MLB commissioner Bud Selig sat down with reporters and touched on a wide variety of subjects.
Selig also discussed the possibility of suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera possibly winning the National League batting title.
"We'll see how it all plays out," Selig said. "We generally don't interfere in that process. We'll take a look at it at the end of the year."
Selig seemed to be clearing the way for Cabrera to win the title despite the fact he was caught cheating. Selig expounded on his views concerning any records or awards that were attained by players who were caught using PEDs.
"You can't change records because once you get into that it would never stop," Selig said. "It would create more problems than it would solve."
What if records could be changed? Which records/awards should be looked at?
Let's take a look.
Note: The list only includes players who either tested positive for PED use or who admitted to PED use.
Update: CSN Bay Area has reported that MLB and the MLB Player's Union have reached agreement that Cabrera will be ruled ineligible for the 2012 National League batting title.
The ruling was precipitated by Cabrera sending a letter to union officials on Wednesday, asking that his name be removed from consideration for the title.
In baseball's official rules, Rule 10.22(a) permits a player to be recognized as the official winner if extra hitless at-bats are added to his average and it remains higher than any qualifying player.
As of Friday, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (.338) held a slight lead over San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (.335).
1. Ken Caminiti: 1996 MVP Award
In an interview with Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated back in 2002, former third baseman Ken Caminiti admitted to taking steroids prior to spring training in 1996.
That happened to be the same year that Caminiti captured the National League's Most Valuable Player Award.
Caminiti won the award unanimously with a career year that was off the charts—a .326 average, 40 HR, 130 RBI and a 1.028 OPS. The numbers were by far the best of Caminiti's career, both before and after.
2. Jose Canseco: 1986 AL Rookie of the Year, 1988 AL MVP Award
Former outfielder Jose Canseco has never been timid about admitting his drug use.
Canseco claimed that he used anabolic steroids from the time he broke in to Major League Baseball in 1986 right up until the day he retired in 2001.
Canseco won both the 1986 AL ROY and 1988 AL MVP awards.
Wally Joyner should then be rightful winner of the ROY Award in '86. Unfortunately, Canseco's MVP Award was voted unanimously, so take your pick as to who deserves the statue.
3. Jason Giambi: 2000 AL MVP Award
Back in 2003, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi testified in front of a federal grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids case.
At the time, Giambi testified that he had used human growth hormone (HGH) during the 2003 season and had started taking steroids at least two years prior to that.
Giambi won the AL MVP Award in 2000. That award should now belong to Frank Thomas.
4. Andy Pettitte: 2001 ALCS MVP Award
In 2007, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte admitted to taking HGH on at least two occasions.
Pettitte said in a statement that he had used human growth hormone in 2002 to try to recover faster from an elbow injury. Pettitte went on to say that he only used it twice and that he never took steroids.
Certainly calls into question his performance in the 2001 ALCS and the MVP Award he received as a result.
5. Manny Ramirez: 2002 AL Batting Title
Outfielder Manny Ramirez has twice been suspended by baseball for taking performance enhancing drugs.
Ramirez won the American League batting title in 2002, just one year before his 2003 positive test.
6. Mark McGwire: 1998 National League HR Title, Single-Season Home Run Record
The 1998 season was one of magic and wonderment as the baseball world closely followed St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire and Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa in their quest to break Roger Maris' long-standing single-season home run record.
McGwire was the one who prevailed, breaking the record with his 62nd home run on Sept. 8. McGwire would finish the season with 70 home runs, a record that would stand for only three years before Barry Bonds eclipsed it with 73 long balls in 2001.
After years of accusations and innuendo, McGwire finally admitted in January 2010 that he did indeed use steroids when he broke the record in 1998.
7. Benito Santiago: 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Award
In 1987, San Diego Padres catcher Benito Santiago set an MLB rookie record by hitting safely in 34 consecutive games. Santiago would also capture National League Rookie of the Year honors as well.
In 2004, Santiago admitted to a federal grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids scandal that he had used steroids during his career.
Santiago has never gone into detail as to when he started using steroids, but it certainly calls into question any award or accolades he received during his career.
8. Alex Rodriguez: AL MVP Award, 2003, 2005, 2007
In an interview with Sports Illustrated in July, Hall of Fame outfielder Reggie Jackson said that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez didn't deserve to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
"Al's a very good friend," Jackson said. "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his (PED) usage does cloud some of his records."
In February 2009, during an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons, Rodriguez admitted using steroids starting in 2001, his first year with the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez went on to win MVP awards for the Rangers in 2003 and two more with the New York Yankees in 2005 and 2007.
A-Rod's 1996 AL batting title could certainly be called into question as well.