The trouble with the Cabrera decision

Updated: September 22, 2012, 11:45 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Within seconds of the news breaking from Andrew Baggarly that Melky Cabrera had voluntarily withdrawn himself from the NL batting title race, with administrative aid from the MLB Players Association and Major League Baseball, I received dozens of tweets asking the questions that naturally followed the announcement:

Will the National League give up the home-field advantage in the World Series?

Will the Giants give up some victories?

Will Barry Bonds give up his single-season home run title so Roger Maris can be restored as the record holder?

Etc., etc. Which is why I think that, ultimately, the decision by the players' association to pave the way for Cabrera to vacate any claim to the award will open a Pandora's box that will never be closed. Ultimately, to foster this will turn out to be a mistake.