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Joel Peralta suspended eight games for pine tar, will appeal

Jun 21, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

Chris Cuccione AP

MLB announced an eight-game suspension for Rays reliever Joel Peralta, who was ejected from Tuesday night’s game after manager Davey Johnson and the Nationals alerted umpires to pine tar on his glove.

The confiscated glove was then sent to the MLB offices in New York for further examination, all while Johnson and Rays manager Joe Maddon engaged in a very public spat about the unwritten rules of baseball.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Peralta will appeal the suspension, which means he’ll be eligible to pitch in the meantime and may wind up being forced to sit out fewer than eight games when the process is complete.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that then-Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly also received an eight-game suspension for having pine tar on his glove back in 2005, so Peralta’s suspension length has precedent.

  1. CJ - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    8 seems too steep for a reliever. for a starter, that would pretty much guarantee missing a start (not just pushing a guy back a day), and punishing the team for just a game. I get that they want to make an example of the guy, but still. 8 is too much.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      It’s less than the mandatory 10 games he’s supposed to get.

  2. thebigcaptain2011 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    ….And he’s going to appeal why? I’m sure it’s because the player’s association is making him. Any other reason than that should result in the suspension getting extended. He got caught. That’s it. Plain and simple. Screw the stupid unwritten rules and all of that BS. He get caught cheating. If you can do the crime then you can do the time.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      It’s not about avoiding the suspension. Peralta will do the time eventually. The question is, how much time? The appeal is about getting the suspension reduced.

  3. daveod1817 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Appeal ??????????
    Yea sure you can appeal. However if you lose your appeal the suspension should be double.
    Your playing a game within a game.
    The fact is your going to lose 8 days pay. Was it worth it. ??
    Stand up and take your medicine like a big boy , You guys lie so much , even you don’t know when your telling the truth

  4. ironhawk - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    You always appeal. Always. It’s your legal right and it’s worth a shot. The only reason not to is if you want the PR from saying you’re not going to appeal.

    • dangcote - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:33 AM

      Just because something is your legal right doesn’t mean that you have to appeal. Legal rights were created to help prevent innocent people from getting punish. They were not created for guilty people to get off on technicalities, this has been an unfortunate by product. There is nothing preventing this guy from admitting his mistake, serving his time and moving forward, (Look at Donte Stallworth’s hit and run case.) It is not like he didn’t know he was not allowed to use pine tar in his glove.

  5. bbk1000 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I love the fact Johnson called Peralta out on it, but there are pictures showing pine tar on the pitching hand of Kenny Rogers, the league always ignored it.

  6. Walk - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The appeal process can be usued to give the team time to get the bullpen prepared for his absence as well. For instance giving the suspeneded player a heavy workload for a few days then resting some of the other players or giving them time to make a roster move such as sending down a bench bat for another pitcher. Could also be used to allow him to be available for a tough series or road series then drop appeal after when a lesser team is on the schedule. Lots of gamesmanship involved with appeals process and lots of reason to appeal or even drop the appeal.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      While I agree with you in principle, from a scheduling standpoint, they have @WsN (1), @Phi (3), @KCR (3), Det (4), NYY (3), @Cle (4), and Bos (3) coming up. I would think that they would want to be up to full strength for the Tigers, Yankees, Indians, and Red Sox, teams they may be competing with for a playoff berth.

  7. jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Donnelly’s initial suspension was ten games, he appealed and it was reduced to eight.

  8. sumerduckman - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    He should have just plunked Harper on purpose, less suspension time.

  9. Dom in Jersey - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Joel,

    You cheated. Man up and face the music. Baseball is about skill not pine tar, HGH, amphetamines, or anything else. Take a lesson from Jamie Moyer – if you can’t get them out anymore then it’s time to go home.

  10. reospeedwagon916 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Would have been better off getting a DUI.

  11. scubadave1947 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I believe the coach from the nationals knew, for some time, of Peralta’s habit of using pine tar. It makes me wonder why he chose this time to come forward. I think rather than being a good citizen he is a “snitch”. Snitches always snitch for an ulterior motive. I wonder what his is. Furthermore, since anyone will snitch on anyone for the right payoff/price I wonder how that will come out in the wash. BTW I agree rules should be written and adhered to, not made up in secret boys club

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Taking your opponent’s best option off the mound in a one run game in the ninth is hardly an “ulterior motive.”

      • onermedboxer - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        Funny thing is, Peralta isn’t their best option. They still sent the Nats down in order in the 8th and 9th w/o any pine tar

  12. mqcarpenter - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Sad. They would have scratched their heads back in the baseball heyday of they sent a glove “to the MLB offices in new York for further investigation”. WTF? The umpire can’t tell if tar is on the glove? Is there a test lab in new York?

  13. Jennie Oemig - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Filing an appeal is pointless, but I still think the penalty is a little harsh given that Cole Hamels only got five games for purposely beaning Bryce Harper. Perhaps, the MLB should think about revising their penalty book! http://98ontheblack.com/2012/06/24/2198980/

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