Major League Baseball isn’t likely to prevent Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera from winning the National League batting title, despite his 50-game suspension for a failed drug test.
Cabrera is seven points ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen with a .346 average entering Wednesday.
“We’ll see how it all plays out,” baseball commissioner Bud Selig told reporters 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.”
He has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount to be eligible if the Giants play 162 games.
According to MLB rules, an additional hitless at-bat would be added to his average and he would still win the title if he remains higher than any other qualifying player.
Cabrera, the MVP of the All-Star Game, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone, forcing him to will miss the final 45 games of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Selig was questioned about the Giants and A’s dispute over territorial rights, but provided no further insight as to when a decision will be made.
Selig appointed a committee to evaluate the A’s desire to move to San Jose in 2009, but it has yet to produce any result.