The Long History Of Pitchers Getting Caught Red-Handed

Yesterday Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for his use of pine tar during Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. The New York Times has put together a nice collection of photographs of pitchers getting caught in the act. Above, knuckleballer Joe Niekro was found with a nail file in his pocket… » 4/25/14 11:43am 4/25/14 11:43am

Pine Tar Should Be Fully Legal, And Baseball Is Still Fucking Insane

As you might know, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got booted from a game last night for rocking a swatch of pine tar on the back of his neck, in full view of everyone. The weird thing is that it wasn't the fact that Pineda used pine tar that got everyone pissy, but the fact that he did it so blatantly, at least… » 4/24/14 12:14pm 4/24/14 12:14pm

Michael Pineda Again Isn't Discreet About His Pine Tar, Gets Ejected

The last time Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda faced the Red Sox—on April 10—he clearly had pine tar on his hand. No one on the Red Sox brought it up, and the Yankees won. Tonight, Pineda again used pine tar, slapping on his neck before the second inning. Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke up this time. » 4/23/14 8:30pm 4/23/14 8:30pm

Michael Pineda Was Cheating And No One Cares

"It's just dirt, nothing to see here" was Michael Pineda's general reaction to being accused of glopping up the heel of his hand with some unknown substance in a strong pitching performance against Boston last night. It clearly wasn't dirt. But was it cheating? That depends on whether you listen to baseball's rulebook… » 4/11/14 10:04am 4/11/14 10:04am

Should You Be Scared Of The Yankees In 2012?

Yes! Yes, you should be scared of the Yankees in 2012. Terrified, probably. Because a pair of big moves made their biggest problem—35-year-old A.J. Burnett, who is owed $33 million over the next two years—essentially disappear. No more hanging knucklecurves in big games, no more walks, no more hits, no more 5.15 ERA.… » 1/16/12 4:11pm 1/16/12 4:11pm