Major League Baseball appears unlikely to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the National League batting title while serving a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
The San Francisco Giants outfielder began Wednesday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen.
Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount if the Giants play 162 games. Under section 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, he would win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.
“We’ll see how it all plays out,” commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday after taping an episode of “CenterStage” for the YES Network. “We generally don’t interfere in that process. We’ll take a look at it at the end of the year.”
Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone and is missing the final 45 games of the regular season.
MLB NEARS TV DEAL
Major League Baseball is nearing agreements with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts through 2021, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Under the deals, which are likely to be announced before the postseason, Fox will retain rights to the World Series and to a league championship series every year, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
The amount baseball receives from the two networks is likely to double to an average of about $800 million annually, with Fox’s share averaging about $500 million.
LARKIN TO LEAD BRAZIL
Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin will manage Brazil during a qualifying round for next year’s World Baseball Classic.
The Brazilian baseball federation said Tuesday it will be “an honor and a privilege for Brazilian baseball” to have Larkin as its manager for the qualifier in Panama City, from Nov. 15-19, adding it will “certainly improve the development of Brazilian baseball.”
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman could need offseason surgery to clean out his shoulder. … The Orioles recalled 19-year-old pitching prospect Dylan Bundy from Double-A Bowie. … Rangers sluggers Josh Hamilton (sinuses) and Adrian Beltre (abdomen) were scratched from the Texas lineup Wednesday. … Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson left his start against the Detroit Tigers end after two-plus innings because of a strained right oblique. … The Indians activated designated hitter Travis Hafner, out since Aug. 6, from the 15-day disabled list. … Reds manager Dusty Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes more than two hours before the first pitch Wednesday to get chest X-rays to “rule out pneumonia.” … Reds closer Aroldis Chapman said his fatigued left shoulder “feels good” after throwing a bullpen session.