New York Yankee RHP Michael Pineda has been ejected in the second inning of New York’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Red Sox manager John Farrell requested that the umpiring crew look at Pineda’s neck, as he had been rubbing his neck before pitches. The umpires found pine tar on Pineda’s neck. He was promptly ejected from the game.
If this sounds familiar, it should. Pineda has already been busted once this season for using pine tar to doctor the baseball. The first incident happened when the Red Sox visited Yankee Stadium earlier this month.
Pineda must really not have enough confidence in his skills if he keeps using pine tar against the defending World Champions. Just add this to a long list of bizarre incidents in this historied rivalry.
What does this mean going forward? I am guessing that Pineda will be suspended sometime in the next couple of days after the league office looks into this. In the meantime, it would scare me as a Pineda owner because every manager is going to be watching him like a hawk.
For those cynical fans, they must wonder how much of Pineda’s superb 2011 season with the Seattle Mariners was influenced by foreign substances? Was he using them then? There is a great possibility that these questions will never be answered. What this means for Pineda going forward is increased scrutiny. He is going to have to lay low with the foreign substances for a while. Or maybe he should just take lesssons from Eddie Harris, the veteran pitcher in “Major League”. He sure knew how to hide those substances!