Michael Pineda ejected for foreign substance

Game 21: Big Mike in Little Fenway
Gumbs extends hitting streak in Tampa win

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.

Game 21: Big Mike in Little Fenway
Gumbs extends hitting streak in Tampa win
  • Mike

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

  • md

    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

      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?

      • Nick

        Considering McCann’s history shouldn’t he have blocked Pineda from getting on the mound?

      • vicki

        yep. everyone’s first, and most passionate, response was outrage! at! the hypocrisy! but pineda left farrell zero choice.

  • Steve

    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.

    • Jack P

      Wow, never knew this happened, the more you know…..

    • Chip

      This is just a stupid comment. Pineda isn’t out there TRYING to be tossed.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Clemens got tossed for saying “I’m not fucking talking to you” to the ump.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    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.

    • Widget

      He’s a complete tool. He taught every one of his pitchers to cheat.

    • Bill

      WOW! That is the lamest response ever! Just face it… your dude was CHEATING.

    • Revan

      I mean obviously, fuck the Red Sox and I’d agree but they did let it go the first time.

      Pineda’s fucking dumb to do it again.

    • Bill

      Name the last time the Sox were caught cheating.

      • Matty Ice

        Lester and Bucholz last year.

        But thanks for trying. Obvious Sox troll is obvious.

      • The Belafonte

        Ahh Red Sox fans. No one on that team has ever done anything wrong. Nope. Never. Just ask them. They’ll tell you about their small market, low budget, gritty blue collar team full of do gooders.

        Bill, you’re an idiot. Fuck off.

    • qwerty

      Stealing signs is not cheating, nor against the rule book.

      • Steve

        When it comes from the crowd I’m almost positive it is. This wasn’t guys on second doing it.

  • Widget

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    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.

  • forensic

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

  • ruralbob

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

  • LK

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

    • JMK


  • MB923

    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).

  • Vinny Bag-a-donuts

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

  • Brandon

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

  • Nick

    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.

  • Zach

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

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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.

    • Steve

      Agreed and well said. How about that?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner


  • cr1

    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.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He’s a fucking idiot, but I also welcome the chance for him to come back to do right. I’m not going to advocate exiling the fucking guy.

    • Nutty Squirrel

      I heard that Pineda scored in the 97th percentile for protective instincts though.

      • Derbs

        Love the reference haha

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    “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

      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

      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.

  • cr1

    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.

    • cr1

      Sorry, that was meant as a reply to Jorge S’s reply to me above.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Gotcha. I read it.

        No matter what, I do believe in the opportunity for redemption here.

        He’s still an idiot. Have I said that enough times?

  • monkeypants
    • Steve

      The gold standard

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Thank you. Greatest ever.

  • ClayDavis

    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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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.

  • TheRealGreg


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

    Now they are down two starters.

  • hear me out bro

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

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yup. There’s that.

    • Mike

      Don’t worry, the only issue is with his brain.

  • Chris

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

  • Tom

    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.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Good to know.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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

      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.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner


  • JGYank

    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.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    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.

    • Eselquetodolosabe

      Etc., etc., etc.,

  • Ghengis McCann

    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.

  • emac2

    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.

  • cr1

    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

      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.

  • Bronx Boy

    Big Mike Pinetarneda

  • Farewell Mo

    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.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Mike Pinheda. The “h” is NOT silent.

  • http://thewebsitemarketingagency.com Geno

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

  • SevenAces

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

  • vicki

    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.

  • Yankeefan91

    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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    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.

  • Dave Guarnieri

    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