MLB may change pine tar rule after 2014 season
Will the rules that led to Michael Pineda's 10-game suspension be altered?
Pursuant to the 10-game suspension of Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, MLB after the current season will re-examine the rules that ban the use of pine tar, among other substances, by pitchers. Bud Selig on Friday told a gathering of AP sports editors that the league will evaluate those rules going forward but will wait until the offseason to do so.
Here's more from MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred:
"I think the way that the rule has been enforced, as with lots of rules in baseball, is that when there's a complaint, we do something about it. And that's what happened here. I don't think that this particular incident is all that different from other incidents that we've had in the past. We will like we do every offseason look at this issue, but remember, pine tar is one of a number of foreign substances, and you have to have a rule that fits for all of them. I don't think there's anything all that different about the Pineda."
Pineda's smearing pine tar on his neck was too conspicuous for some, but it remains an open secret the substance is widely used by pitchers.