Last night, Yankee starter Michael Pineda was ejected from his game against the Boston Red Sox for applying an illegal substance to the baseball… Pine Tar. Here’s the video:
Michael had gotten away with having the useless substance on his palm a couple of weeks ago. The umpires made him clean his hand and he kept pitching. But the rules state that you can not have any ” foreign substance” rubbed on the ball. Actually Pine Tar isn’t illegal to use for batters, just pitchers. But Pine Tar has been found to have little to no effect on the flight of a baseball so it’s funny that pitchers still try to use it to this day.
When batter’s use it, it can only be on the base of a bat to give them a better grip. Seldom do teams blow the whistle on opposing batters but it did happen in 1983 with a game between the Yankees and KC Royals. Check out George Brett’s reaction to the umpire’s taking away his home run.
The Home Run was eventually given back to George and KC because ultimately, Pine Tar really is ineffective in Baseball. Using it to try an gain an edge has never really worked. It seems silly to me to be ejected from a game for trying something that doesn’t even give you the competitive advantage. If you can’t beat batters with your arm, maybe it’s time to start taking up welding.