Michael Pineda ejected for foreign substance


Michael Pineda was ejected from tonight’s game for having a foreign substance (pine tar) on his neck. Red Sox manager John Farrell brought it to the home plate umpire’s attention, they checked him out, and he was ejected. Pineda is facing an automatic ten-game suspension now, per the rulebook. (Ten games is for the minors, MLB can suspend whatever they want.)

As you know, Pineda was seen with a substance on his hand against the Red Sox two weeks ago. It was played off as “everyone does it, just be more discreet about it,” but apparently Pineda never got the message. The ejection is well deserved. I mean, seriously. Couldn’t hide it better than that? Dumb. Dumb dumb dumb.

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  1. Mike says:

    Should be interesting the next time the Yanks face Buchholz. Or Lester, for that matter.

  2. md says:

    Yeah, dumb. But how many on the Yankees side knew it was there yet didn’t pull him aside. Larry didn’t know? McCann? The left side of the infield? Girardi? They all blew it.

    • Preston says:

      Honestly, that’s what McCann is there for. He’s mister play the right way. Can we find a way to get some pine tar out there without him smearing a giant gob of it somewhere clearly visible. How the fuck did we let him walk out of the dugout like that? Farrell looked embarrassed to be going out there. But with how obvious it was how could he not?

  3. Steve says:

    For some reason, the first thing I though of was Roger Clemens in Game 4 of the 1990 ALCS, when he got ejected. I was 15 at the time, and remember watching the game and thinking that on some level what he did was so stupid and that he wanted to get thrown out because he had already given up a few runs and was afraid of failing on that big stage. Same thing with Pineda…he couldn’t have possibly chosen a more obvious, unhidden place to put the pinetar in, and he knows that he is going to be subjected to high degree of scrutiny, following his obvious pinetar usage in his last game against the Red Sox. He couldn’t possibly be that stupid if he wasn’t looking to get caught and tossed.

  4. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    There isn’t a bigger cheater in baseball than Farrell.

    I mean he was manager of the Blue Jays when they were notoriously stealing signs. https://www.google.com/search?q=toronto+stealing+signs

    For Farrell, of all people, to accuse someone of cheating is height of desperation of a last place team.

  5. Widget says:

    funny to see the biggest cheating team in the biggest cheating city whine. Boston is cheat capital.

  6. The Guns of Navarone says:

    All this does is take the focus away from winning games. We’re trying to win a ring around here. The Yankees are a better team than the Red Sox. Plain and simple. Instead of delighting in that fact, we’re going to have to listen to this shit all year and for years to come.

  7. forensic says:

    Big Mike seems like he could use a bigger brain. Seems like it’s dumb thing after dumb thing with him.

  8. ruralbob says:

    Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about ESPN making a big effing deal about this for the next who-knows-how-many years.

  9. LK says:

    All part of the plan to limit his innings I’m sure.

  10. MB923 says:

    Pineda is an idiot.

    Now I wonder what managers are going to do from here on out. Many pitchers (not just Al Leiter in tonight’s broadcast by the way) have said pretty much all of them have used substances to get a better grip on the ball. If it isn’t rosin, it’s illegal. Is a manager going to ask an umpire to check out an opposing pitcher from here on out (if so, watch out Buccholz).

  11. Vinny Bag-a-donuts says:

    Did Pineda’s pine tar break RAB? I blame Farrell.

  12. Brandon says:

    Red Sox being unabashed hypocrites? I’m shocked! Shocked to find there’s gambling going on here!

  13. Nick says:

    For a club with so much of a veteran presence this really does raise questions. Number 1, did someone really not go to have a chat with him after the last incident to either warn him off or provide advice on discretion? Why did no-one spot this today and have a quiet word – seriously, what is the pitching coach doing? Very unprofessional all round, not least from Pineda himself.

  14. Zach says:

    Farrell is a hypocrite but let’s be blunt, that was as obvious as it gets.

  15. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    This may make my top ten “Dumbest things I’ve ever seen a baseball player do” list. You’re going to go back to the pine tar against the team you know is going to be looking at every orifice of your body for it. Seriously.

    Not Big Mike. Dumb Mike.

    Let’s hope the suspension is enough for him to cut the crap and stop hurting the franchise for which he has an opportunity to more than revive his career with.

    This will help his innings count. There’s your silver lining.

  16. cr1 says:

    This doesn’t go to makeup, it goes to the 6th tool (IQ).

    The only thing you can hope for with a really stupid player is that he is very coachable.

    If he is, the team has to keep someone in his ear all the time.

    If he’s not, he needs to go away.

  17. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    “The ejection is well deserved. I mean, seriously. Couldn’t hide it better than that? Dumb. Dumb dumb dumb.”

    I disagree. We all saw Lester cheating during the World Series. Blatantly. We all saw Bucky’s goo on his left forearm and sleeve. It was painfully obvious. It was dumb to cheat in a transparent way. I mean, seriously, couldn’t they hide it better than that, especially during the World Series? Yet, they never get called out when they do something dumb (“I’m innocent, it was a spiked protein shake”).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      This has NOTHING to do with anything the Red Sox have done previously. NOTHING. Quit trying to rationalize it.

      Nothing the Red Sox have done before today affected who starts for this team his next two turns around, three days after we lost a starter to TJS. NOTHING.

    • Steve says:

      Both Buchholz and Lester did get called out for what they did wrong. The same way Pineda did after last game. It was a “hey, we know what you’re doing, don’t do it again.” The difference was, they didn’t get caught doing it again a week later.

  18. cr1 says:

    Definitely hope that he _wants_ to do right. In the first place, the team needs that talented arm, and in the second place I just liked him and had high hopes of his doing quite well. Now my hopes are not as high, because he may not be bright enough to handle the thousand small and large decisions attached to his job, and we don’t know whether he is coachable enough to be guided through them by someone else.


    But exile, no.

  19. ClayDavis says:

    Farrell seems like such a delight. Part of me wonders if his own pitchers are slightly annoyed by this. Gotta believe they’re going to be under the microscope now.

  20. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    They could catch Buchholz with melted stolen laptop under his nutsack next week and it wouldn’t give me one one-hundredth of the satisfaction beating them tonight would.

  21. TheRealGreg says:


    This has nothing to do with hypocrisy. This has to do with FUCKING COMMON SENSE!

    Now they are down two starters.

  22. hear me out bro says:

    I saw the box score, saw 1.3 innings, and came hear expecting to read about him reinjuring his shoulder. Whew! What a relief!

  23. Chris says:

    Pineda deserves a suspension. Even though it will be for breaking the rules, it should really be for being a moron.

  24. Tom says:

    Just thinking ahead:

    If it’s less than 8 games (and announced right away), a suspension may have no real impact on the rotation.

    With an offday Monday (which would have been Pineda’s turn) – they could skip his turn, use every one on normal rest (thanks to the offday) and then wouldn’t need a 5th starter until next Saturday.

  25. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    So NOT ten games.

    Still an idiot.

    Mike, I expect a “Dumb Mike” graphic for his next start. That should be his punishment from RAB.

    • Tom says:

      It might be ten… it’s just not an automatic ten like it is in the minors.

      I think Peralta (Rays bullpen guy) got 8 games when he was busted 2 years ago. Granted he’s a reliever so it’s not exactly the same, but that might set the precedent.

  26. JGYank says:

    Made a stupid mistake. Either learn how to how hide it, or don’t use it. End of story. Sucks he’ll probably have to miss starts because of this, but it is what it is and at least it gives his arm a rest to help keep him under his innings limit.

  27. Eselquetodolosabe says:

    In the ilk of “FoTD”, and to account for our Latino and/or Spanish speaking brethren, I introduce…. EL ELEFANTE EN EL CUARTO, or EEEEC. Not in love with the acronym, but heck. So, that said, our first EEEEC is; Que hacemos con El Señor Jeter y su defensa ? ….., What do we do with Mr. Jeter and his defense (Or his lack of) ? Wow, he looked all of his 40 years today. Poor team defense in general, but boy, Jeets probably cost us two runs. Hopefully it was all based on whether conditions. But if not…., Joe has some interesting decisions ahead. And I firmly believe Joe has a fair amount of pressure to make it deep into the playoffs.

  28. Ghengis McCann says:

    In the era of HD TV cameras, analysis, over analysis, and analysis of the over analysis, rubbing a banned substance on your neck and going out on the mound a week after you had the same shit on your hand against the same fucking team might be the the height of stupidity. That’s like A-Rod stepping in the batters box with the needle still sticking out of his ass. Only baseball players are this dumb.

  29. emac2 says:

    The yanks need to hire more coaches if it’s the other team finding this stuff.

    On thee other hand, no team films as much as teams from Boston where cheating was invented so they may known where to look.

  30. cr1 says:

    Besides losing another starter, the pen is going to be decimated by this idiocy (yes, Jorge, you said it enough times, but I guess I haven’t yet).

    Who’ll be brought up to fill the gaps?

    • Zach says:

      Good question. THe only “good” thing is it’s not only our pen that has had to deal with this issue. The entire AL East is.

  31. Bronx Boy says:

    Big Mike Pinetarneda

  32. Farewell Mo says:

    This could have been avoided if the Yankees had signed Stephen Drew. I’m not sure how, but I’m fully confident it would have been.

  33. Cheval Anonyme says:

    Mike Pinheda. The “h” is NOT silent.

  34. Geno says:

    He needs to rub 15 places all night, and only have it in on some of the time.

  35. SevenAces says:

    can’t wait till all the assholes out there spin this as an Evil Empire thing…

  36. vicki says:

    i suppose it’ll help somewhat having all those veteran presents around. to deal with the scrutiny and shame. you don’t want something like this to upset the team’s ecosystem.

  37. Yankeefan91 says:

    i see major league baseball changing this dumb rule after a big tragedy and thats sad why not change it now when you no the reason players use it is for grip.

  38. Cuso says:

    Enough with the hypocrisy of the Red Sox BS. It’s not the Sox fault that Pineda chose to do something less-than-smart.

    He learned his lesson. It’ll get warmer, and then he’ll have no excuse.

    Girardi, Cashman an even Pineda said the right things. Even Farrell said the right things in his post-game.

    Shit happens. Mike will be back and having to face the music and speak honestly and embarrassed about it will be good for him. As long as the team has his back and Michael accepts the consequences, everything will be fine.

    It was embarrassing, it was funny, it was memorable….but it was one loss….in April.

  39. Dave Guarnieri says:

    If Pineda can’t put pine tar on himself without doing it with a measure of discretion, have McCann do it.

    In Yankee lore I’ve read that Elston Howard would sharpen his belt buckle and scuff the ball for Whitey Ford.

    This is just about pine tar, stipid rule

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