By his own request, the San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera will not be eligible for the National League batting title.
Cabrera, who leads Major League Baseball with a .346 batting average, was suspended Aug. 15 after testing positive for testosterone. He asked Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to be made ineligible, and a one-time amendment was made to Rule 10.22(a). Cabrera will finish one plate appearance shy of the 502 required to qualify for the batting title, but by rule would have been given one hitless at-bat to bring him to the qualifying mark.
According to Major League Baseball, the rule will not be applicable for the 2012 season for any player who served a drug suspension.