New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda may be naive, brazen or just foolish, but he got caught red-handed cheating Wednesday night on national TV, admitting that he used pine tar, in clear violation of major league rules.
PINEDA said, ‘My hands get sweaty’
Pineda was ejected after pitching just 1 2/3 innings in their 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman anticipates a suspension. The suspension likely will be for 10 games, particularly considering it was the second time in three starts that Pineda used a foreign substance.
“I think we are all embarrassed”, Cashman said. “This is a terrible situation. We all took ownership to it. Obviously, there is clearly a failure and a breakdown for him walking out of that dugout with something like that.