Yankee Pitcher Ejected for Pine Tar... on His Neck

Michael Pineda: 'I didn't want to hit anybody'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2014 8:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Earlier this month, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw against the Red Sox with pine tar on his hand. The stuff is illegal, but when it's subtly used, players don't usually make a fuss about it, Deadspin notes. Last night, however, things weren't so subtle: Pineda had pine tar on his neck, and it was obvious to Red Sox manager John Farrell. He told the umpires, one of whom placed a finger on Pineda's neck before tossing him from the game. Pineda said he was just trying to maintain his grip on the ball, notes the New York Post: "It was cold and I didn’t want to hit anybody." But the AP notes that he's showing some contrition, too: "I'll learn from this mistake. It won't happen again."

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left.
Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning.
Home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Pineda gets caught with pine tar on his neck.   (MLB.com)

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