A verdict has been reached in the Michael Pineda pine-tar saga. Pineda, who was ejected during the 2nd inning of last night’s game against the Red Sox, received a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having pine-tar on his neck, the league said in a statement.
Post has learned that Pineda was suspended 10 games #Yankees
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Pineda started the game without pine-tar, but paid the price. He gave up 2-runs and threw 30 pitches in the 1st inning.
In response, Pineda came out for the 2nd with pine-tar on his neck and looked much better retiring the first 2 Red Sox hitters with ease.
That was when Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpires to check Pineda for any “foreign substances”.
This incident raises a lot of questions about Major League Baseball’s pine-tar policy. In Pineda’s previous start against the Red Sox, and in other starts against the Cubs and Blue Jays, he clearly had pine-tar on his hand, but neither the Red Sox nor Major League Baseball had any problem with it.
But it took Farrell to say something in order for Pineda to get in trouble?
The common perception around baseball is that every pitcher uses pine-tar, not as blatantly as Pineda, but they use it in some way in order to get a better grip on the ball.
Major League Baseball can’t continue to be this inconsistent by only acting during certain instances. Either you legislate against it or you don’t. It can’t be a circumstantial rule because then you confuse everyone, which is exactly what is happening now.