Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar use

Michael Pineda 5Well, it seemed Michael Pineda didn’t really learn his lesson from his last outing with the Red Sox where he used pine tar out in the open.

Michael Pineda was ejected from the game earlier in the second inning for having a foreign substance (pine tar) on his person John Farrell asked for Gerry Davis to check Pineda, and Davis found the substance Pineda’s neck. He immediately ejected Pineda from the game with no argument from Joe Girardi or Pineda.

Now, Michael Pineda faces a suspension that could be up to 10 games, but Major League Baseball is allowed to decide how long the suspension is, via rule 8.02. Here’s  an excerpt to what what rule 8.02 dictates:

8.02
The pitcher shall not — 
(b) Have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section (b) the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addi- tion, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games.

I’ll have quotes from Pineda and Girardi after the game but right now things are not looking good for Michael Pineda.

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7 Responses to Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar use

  1. Just to point out, the National Association League is the minors. There is no automatic 10 game suspension in the MLB. Although Pineda certainly could get suspended. Peralta got 8 games so that sounds about right. Forces him to miss 1 start.

  2. Michael R says:

    He cheated, he deserves to be suspended. Stupid!!!

  3. Mike Sommer says:

    His stupidity and immaturity is just incredible, going back to his showing up overweight and out of shape for the 2012 spring training. Is this someone I want on the mound in a big spot? Especially the playoffs? Right now, the answer is no, and Pineda has to do a lot to redeem himself in my eyes.

    • You don't have to be intelligent to win a championship. Sure it helps, but what also helps is a devastating slider. Somebody that has watched as much baseball as you knows that the pine tar rule is antiquated and needs to be changed. I think he's dumb for doing it as blatantly as he did, but I can't get terribly mad at this. Heck, the Red Sox weren't even mad. Nobody is really mad. They all just think he's dumb for getting caught so easily.

      • Mike Sommer says:

        I understand what you are saying, Rob. What I am saying is that he is dumb for doing it as blatantly as he did, but also that you want someone mature and who will be cool under pressure (which, say, Jeter, at age 22 already was). Pineda, by his actions so far, has not shown that. I have to wonder if he does have the maturity and demeanor to handle a big spot based on what he has shown me so far. Also, if he is worried about the cold and a good grip on the ball now, what would he do in late October? Yes, I wonder about the rule. Giving the pitcher a better grip is something that would be good, not bad. The way Pineda has handled things this month is embarrassing. I mean, didn't he get the memo the first time he got caught (and got away with it?). What didn't sink in?

  4. "They all just think he's dumb for getting caught so easily". Exactly.

    It's an ESPN game broadcast nationwide, they initially picked it up. Even though "everybody does it", you can't make the Sox look like fools, They did what had to do.

    The pine tar does not affect the movement on the ball.

    Pineda could rub his hands with a pine tar rag while he is in the dugiut while the Yanks are hitting. He could put a crapload on his hands.

    If he needs a "fix" in his part of the inning, Have the catcher do it. With all the equipment catchers wear he can easily load the ball up.———-This is not to say it is a stupid rule to begin with. Again, the pine tar does not effect ball movement.

  5. David K. says:

    Since when has the rozin bag become obsolete? Not only was it stupid but he has cost us two starts. That's pretty big. Now, I don't want to sound like a crybaby but you know that if it was a Red Sox pitcher who got busted, he would have only been suspended for 8 games. MLB and Joe Torre loves to kick the Yankees around every chance they get.