PHOENIX -- One month to the day after Major League Baseball suspended him for a performance-enhancing drug violation, Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera remains a presence in the lists of National League statistical leaders.
Cabrera, who received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, remains the NL's leading hitter with a .346 average. With 501 plate appearances, Cabrera is one shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title. But he would win the title if he were still to have the league's highest average with a theoretical addition of one at-bat (an 0-for-1). His average would stay at .346 anyway.
This process gave San Diego's Tony Gwynn the NL batting title in 1996, when he hit .353 but had 498 plate appearances. The addition of four at-bats would have given Gwynn a .349 average, five points better than the runner-up, Colorado's Ellis Burks.
Cabrera also entered Saturday ranking second in multihit games (52), tied for fifth in triples (10) and sixth in on-base percentage (.390). Reflecting his balanced production, he also was among the top 10 in home and road batting averages (.324/.367), day and night batting averages (.314/.369) and averages against right- and left-handed pitchers (.327/.395).