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Sorry folks, Melky Cabrera is still likely to be the NL batting champ

National League All-Star Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants holds the MVP trophy in Kansas City

National League All-Star Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants holds the MVP trophy after the National defeated the American League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri in this file photo taken July 10, 2012. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced August 15 that Cabrera has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. REUTERS/Dave Kaup/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


Bud Selig spoke to the press today and he dashed any hope that he’d cave in to the oh-my-stars-and-garters crowd when it comes to Melky Cabrera and the batting title. If he wins it, he’s gonna be the batting champ and those who find this scandalous will just have to make sure their fainting couches are nearby:

“We’ll see how it all plays out,” baseball 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.”

It would not surprise me at all if a hasty rule change was passed after the season that would prevent players who have been suspended for PEDs from being eligible for the batting crown, but Melky -- barring a late surge from Andrew McCutchen -- is likely to go into the record books once the season ends. At present he leads .346-.339.