The Wrong Sort of Pitch: The 7 Most Infamous MLB Pine Tar Incidents
Michael Pineda, pitcher for the New York Yankees, got tossed from a baseball game recently for the use of pine tar. Per the official rules of baseball, anything you put onto your hands could be reasonably classified as a foreign substance. Per the unwritten rules of baseball, no one really cares. Red Sox player Clay Buchholz described an earlier incident (which was suspensionless) to the Boston Globe:
“I had stuff all over my body. You can use rosin, water, and sunscreen stuff. Either you have a grip on the baseball and have a semi-idea of where it’s going, or get somebody hurt. As hard as [Pineda] was throwing early, nobody wants to get hit by that, especially around the head,” said Buchholz. “If you’re scuffing the ball that’s one thing — or creating more control. If it’s giving you an edge that’s one thing. But I’ve never seen any pitcher have an edge by using it. You use it to get the best grip possible.”
Maybe so. However, there have been a few times in MLB history when players have been thrown out of games for being caught with pine tar. Here are the seven most memorable.