NEW YORK (WFAN) — Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for using pine tar in Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox.
The hurler had the sticky substance on his neck, and it caught the eye of Red Sox manager John Farrell. The 25-year-old was quickly tossed from the game.
Pitchers may use pine tar more than fans think, but former Mets great Doc Gooden — who says he never doctored the baseball during his playing days — believes that pine-tar use by pitchers should remained banned. He even went as far as to compare pine tar to steroids in regard to performance enhancement.