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Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar, umpires confiscate glove

Jun 19, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

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Here’s something that doesn’t happen often.

Rays setup man Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game in the nation’s capital after Nationals manager Davey Johnson asked the umpires to take a look at his glove.

The umps found a foreign substance (likely pine tar) and gave Peralta the boot while confiscating his mitt.

Peralta played for the Nationals in 2010, so the assumption is that a former teammate alerted Johnson to the right-hander’s against-policy tricks.

The Rays countered in the ninth inning, asking to see the hat of Nats reliever Ryan Mattheus. It was clean.


UPDATE, 10:29 PM: Some postgame reaction to the incident …

  1. savocabol1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I’m confused. Knowing that an opposing pitcher was trying to cheat, the Nationals shouldn’t have said anything and just let it happen? Is there one of those “great” unwritten baseball rules in place that says let the other pitcher put illegeal substances on the ball?

    I am not sure I understand the reasoning behind this line of thought.

    • movinonyoleft - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      And they still won. Why whine about it if they still won? I guess maybe he’s mad at the possibility of a suspension.

    • tic1042014 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Yep, agree, agree

  2. hammyofdoom - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    While I like Joe Maddon, is it just me or lately when something doesnt go his way he calls it a “cowardly act”? Just seems like I’ve heard that a lot from him this year

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      As long as they don’t find pine tar in his urine, Peralta should be fine.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Every pitcher has something on his hat, belt or glove. Every one of them. The other thing they do is spray sunblock on their wrists and back of the neck. When it mixes with sweat it produces a sticky, tacky substance that is not as thick as pine tar and easier to hide because it’s colorless.

  4. blabidibla - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Unfair to single out the guy cheating on the mound? What a world.

    • hep3 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      If they are going to let pitchers use rosin, why not pine tar?

      Davey Johnson called out Jay Howell for pine tar on his glove in the ’88 LCS when he was with the Mets against the Dodgers.

      This is from wikipedia:

      “Rosin, also called colophony or Greek pitch (Pix græca), is a solid form of resin obtained from pines and some other plants, mostly conifers, produced by heating fresh liquid resin to vaporize the volatile liquid terpene components.

      Baseball pitchers may use small cloth bag of powdered rosin for better ball control.”

  5. giselleisasucubus - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Joe Maddon is an absolute clown and a joke. Complaining because a team knows their former player is clearly using pine tar in his glove? No, Washington should have just accepted it…give me a break. Maddon reminds me of Fake LT. Everyone liked them, then they actually open their mouths, and everyone realizes what jackasses they are. Joe Maddon- insufferable hipster doofus who has never won yet seems to think he has. He makes it very easy to root against Tampa.

  6. jehzsa - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Well….I guess there goes Joel Peralta’s chance of making it to the HOF!

    Really….what’s a little pine tar between friends?

  7. psousa1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Joe Maddon is everything that is right about baseball. He is the smartest manager there is. You must adhere to him. He is always correct. Just ask him.

  8. rico7207 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Club is to cheap to pay for their talent so they have to cheat. Throw the bum out for life!

  9. datsyukx13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    He’s an idiot for doing it against a team he used to play for and they knew he did it. It was messed up for his old team to call him out like that.

  10. jehzsa - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I’m really curious to see how well Strasburg pitches tonight without pine tar. You know…that three digit on the Richter scale fastball with pinpoint accuracy?

    Keeping count of walks tonight. Just sayin’.

  11. natstowngreg - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post, who covered the 2005 Nats for that paper, reminds us of a near fight between Frank Robinson and Mike Scioscia in Anaheim The cause? Robinson had one of Scioscia’s pitchers checked for foreign substances.

    • hawker1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Hey, that might’ve been a better show than the baseball game. They could have stolen a page from the hockey playbook.

  12. Jennie Oemig - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Cheaters never win, but I agree with Maddon that Johnson acted cowardly in tattling on Peralta!

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