Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders
What should the MLB do about pine tar and pitchers? To know what they should do, you must first understand what is in place now. There is a WRITTEN rule in Major League Baseball that says pitchers may not use a foreign substance to help pitchers in anyway. On the other hand, there is an UNWRITTEN rule that is known throughout baseball, that if you are discrete, they don’t mind if you use a substance.
Major League Baseball must first decide whether they are going to allow pitchers to use a substance. If you want to keep the rule you have, enforce it. If you want to change it allow pitchers to use some type of substance then do so. One of the other WRITTEN rules that Major League Baseball has is pitchers can only blow on there hands when the managers and umpires agree, before the game, that due to the temperature, it is necessary so the pitchers can keep some feeling in their fingers.
So, the proposal is that Major League Baseball find a substance they are willing to allow pitchers to use. Then, before games, managers and umpires agree that the pitchers can use the substance due to the temperature. This will help pitchers with control (and keep batters safe) and keep us from having a controversy like last night.
This article is not to come to the defense of Michael Pineda. He blatantly broke the rules and deserved punishment for it. However, Major League Baseball has an issue that must be dealt with. Decide whether to allow the substances or not, and stick to it.