NEW YORK (WFAN) — Former Mets and Yankees pitcher Al Leiter says it’s “not a big deal” that Michael Pineda appeared to have a foreign substance on his pitching hand Thursday night.
That’s because the New York Yankees starter had what looked like pine tar — though Pineda insisted afterward that it was just dirt — on his palm. Major League Baseball rules prohibit pitchers from putting foreign substances on the baseball, even pine tar, which according to Leiter isn’t applied to gain an edge.
“No, what he’s looking for is a grip on the baseball,” Leiter said Friday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show.
“It’s a stupid rule.”