First of all, this is the second time in two starts against the Red Sox where Pineda has been shown with now what we know is pine tar on his hand/neck. My question to Pineda would be "WHY WOULD YOU PUT IT ON YOUR NECK?!" No, just put in on a blatantly open part of your body that gleans in the stadium lights shining down as everyone has their eyes on you. The Yankees and Pineda should be extremely embarrassed, not for the fact that Pineda used pine tar, but for the fact that they so stupidly got caught. Why didn't anyone in the Yankees dugout pull Pineda aside and tell him that it looks like he's bad at cheating? Below is rule 8.02 regarding the pitcher and their limits of "doctoring" the ball.
The pitcher shall not --
(a) (1) Bring his pitching hand in contact with his mouth or lips while in the 18 foot circle surrounding the pitching rubber. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand.
PENALTY: For violation of this part of this rule the umpires shall immediately call a ball. However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batsman or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation. Repeated offenders shall be subject to a fine by the league president.
(2) expectorate on the ball, either hand or his glove;
(3) rub the ball on his glove, person or clothing;
(4) apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball;
(5) deface the ball in any manner; or
(6) deliver a ball altered in a manner prescribed by Rule 8.02(a)(2) through (5) or what is called the shine ball, spit ball, mud ball or emery ball. The pitcher is allowed to rub the ball between his bare hands.
PENALTY: For violation of any part of Rules 8.02(a)(2) through (6)
(a) the pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games.
The Phillies' own Cliff Lee is constantly under fire for this. Cliff, as I have noticed towards the end of the season has an absolutely filthy cap brim. He always grabs at it, and you can't help but think that its a disgusting mixture of rosin, sweat, and dirt, that could only make your hand sticky. A few years ago in the playoffs Cliff was called out by New York City sports radio host Michael Kay who said it was clearly illegal. Nothing ever came of this, but I just want to make reference to Phillies fans that our own pitcher has been doing the same thing for years. The difference though between Michael Pineda and just about every other pitcher is that Pineda is the only one to just take a big glob of it and smear it ALL OVER HIS NECK.
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