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Selig should take a harder look at Cabrera

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  • Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has said he doesn't plan to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.

      Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has said he doesn't plan to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
    Associated Press/2011 file

 
By Mike North
The Rebel Insider

Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, recently said there'll be no interference from him if Melky Cabrera wins the National League batting championship this season.

Selig also said in the interview with the YES Network that he would take a look at the situation at the end of the year, but he wants to see how things play out.

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Cabrera, currently serving a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, is leading the National League in hitting with a .346 average (through Wednesday's games), and is a few points ahead of Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen at .340.

When Selig says he will take a look at the end of the year, does he mean if Cabrera wins the title they will strip him of it? Or does he mean a rule will be put in place for the future if anyone gets caught testing positive for pharmaceuticals?

He is leaving it pretty vague, and I'm stunned by the league's cavalier attitude. For the commissioner to say we don't want to interrupt the process, wasn't that process interrupted by the suspension?

I don't believe a player accused of cheating should be given any kind of postseason credit. And I'm flabbergasted Selig doesn't just say -- "hey Melky, you cheated and abused steroids to enhance your performance. You're out!"

While I previously have called Selig the best commissioner in sports in the last five years, I was referring to some of his moves -- adding the wild-card, creating interleague play, getting attendance at an all-time high, and helping to restore the game to prominence.

He also added drug testing, but in this incident Selig buries his head in the sand and ignores Cabrera's crime.

To me, it doesn't make sense. Selig should be the most outraged.

Let's hope Cabrera doesn't win the batting title, but if Melky wins the award for highest average, that's on the commissioner and it's wrong in so many ways.

Lovie wants it all kept inside

When he was told that D.J. Moore had an opinion about Cutler, Bears head coach Lovie Smith said as long as there was a name attached to it that it was fine.

I'm not sure if that is the case, because Moore was very shy after talking to Bears brass.

What I'm getting tired of now is the attitude that "it's got to stay in the locker room."

That's baloney. Most of the time I would agree, but this incident happened in public, and Moore was standing up for another teammate.

Weird situation, but then again what Moore said was what most people were thinking anyway.

An athlete once told me -- hey, you like talking about me, why don't you come to the locker room?

I went down that road a few times until I figured it out. The player is the one with the problem, so I told him if you have a problem with me come to 4949 W. Belmont, where our radio station was located at the time. I'm still waiting.

It was cool to see a player with a mind of his own on the Bears -- you go D.J.

Mike's NFL picks:

Here are last week's results and this week's NFL picks.

I went 1-1-1 last week. St. Louis (+3) won straight up. Cincinnati (-7) was a push at 34-27 over Cleveland. I lost the Giasnt game with the hook as the Giants won by 7 over Tampa 41-34.

Overall record: 2-3-1

This week, I like Oakland (+5) over Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh as the Steelers win by a field goal. Take Philly (-4) at Arizona with the Cards still gloating over their Pats win. In San Diego, take the Chargers (-3) over Atlanta. Balmy weather makes the dirty bird sleepy.

• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at dailyherald.com. For more, visit northtonorth.com.

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