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The Gambler
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/23/2006 4:57:00 PM
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Raise your hand if you don't think Rogers was cheating with that substance on his hand. Why isn't this being made a bigger deal? On our internal message board, it's been suggested La Russa's friendship with Leyland is precluding him from pushing this issue any further.


I think it would have been a bigger deal had Rogers gotten lit up after he washed the pine tar -- sorry, the dirt -- off his hand. But he kept dealing and that kind of muted the controversy, not that it should have necessarily.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 10/23/2006 5:15:00 PM
Did I REALLY read that Andy Van Slyke (DET coach) said that the pine tar..err substance might have been there as a result of eating tootsie rolls and sitting next to a heater? Wow. Maybe he just ran out of toilet paper in the clubhouse.

LaRussa continues to show why he's one of the more overrated managers of our time.
Posted by vtadave at 10/23/2006 7:19:00 PM
I, for one, don't realize why people think it should be a big deal at all. From the number of professional players and coaches who spoke this week, pitchers having pine tar on their hands is a very common thing. I simply think LaRussa (and the umpires) realized that complaining about pine tar on a pitchers hand is like complaining that pine tar is too far up on a bat, or that an outfielder's glove was an inch too long.

Baseball isn't meant to be played with hard and fast rules. Runners don't return to their bases after a foul ball all the time, batters stand out of the back of the batter's box, fielders don't need to actually touch second base when turning a double play, and the list goes on. Even the strikezone, probably the bread and butter of baseball, changes from umpire to umpire, with no umpire really calling it with the strict dimensions described in the rule book.

Lastly, I'm wondering what NL pitchers do after they bat? Are they required to wash their hands after each time they pick up a bat? With the amount of pine tar on every bat, it would be impossible not to have pine tar on your hands all the time.

Posted by herbilk at 10/24/2006 1:03:00 PM

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