NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Melky Cabrera has been disqualified from the National League batting title at his own request.
The person says Cabrera asked the players’ association to convey his desire to the commissioner’s office and that an agreement to make him ineligible was reached Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
CSNBayArea.com first reported the disqualification.
Major League Baseball could not unilaterally disqualify Cabrera. It could change the batting title rules for this year only with an agreement from the union.
Serving a 50-game suspension, the San Francisco Giants slugger entered Friday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen.