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Maddon blasts Nats manager after pine tar incident

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08:17 AM ET 06.20 | Not long after calling out Bobby Valentine, Joe Maddon has put another manager in his cross hairs. Maddon took aim at Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson after Johnson asked the umpires to check Joel Peralta's glove and hat for a foreign substance during the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 Rays victory. ... Peralta, who spent part of the 2010 season with the Nationals, was ejected from the game will face a suspension that could be as long as 10 games. Maddon was angry over the incident after the game. He didn't deny that Peralta had pine tar on his glove but implied that using pine tar is a common practice among pitchers. ... "So I thought it was a real cowardly -- and I've used that word twice this year -- it was kind of a (wimpy) move to go out there and do that under those circumstances."

The Tampa Tribune

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June 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Somewhere, Kenny Rogers has a huge smile on his face.

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June 20, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Davey is at it Again!! Check out Dickey the has 7 fingers on his Right Hand!!!

June 20, 2012  09:00 AM ET

He didn't deny that Peralta had pine tar on his glove but implied that using pine tar is a common practice among pitchers. ."

Why would a pitcher need pine tar on his glove?

June 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Maybe it's a common practice among Rays pitcher's.

June 20, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He didn't deny that Peralta had pine tar on his glove but implied that using pine tar is a common practice among pitchers. ."Why would a pitcher need pine tar on his glove?

It helps to grip the ball when your hot and sweaty. Its would not be a ton they use but its really not a big deal not like a spit ball or scuffing the ball. Kind of a dbag move by Davey when I am sure he has players that currently use that and certainly have in the past. I like how he said he is known for doing it but no one ever called him out on it before. He must have heard the other kids in the home room talking about it

June 20, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Why are batters using pine tar?

To get a better grip.

Why are pitchers using pine tar?

To get a better grip.

June 20, 2012  09:10 AM ET

The next pitch to Harper after the incident should have been at his head, then Johnson could see why the opposing pitcher might want to have better control.

June 20, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why are batters using pine tar?To get a better grip.Why are pitchers using pine tar?To get a better grip.

That's what a Rosin Bag is for, not pine tar.

June 20, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It helps to grip the ball when your hot and sweaty. Its would not be a ton they use but its really not a big deal not like a spit ball or scuffing the ball. Kind of a dbag move by Davey when I am sure he has players that currently use that and certainly have in the past. I like how he said he is known for doing it but no one ever called him out on it before. He must have heard the other kids in the home room talking about it

It's either illegal or it's not. If it is then Johnson had every reason to bring it to the umpires attention. Stop crying Joe.

June 20, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why are batters using pine tar?To get a better grip.Why are pitchers using pine tar?To get a better grip.

Maddon should start using it too. So he can "get a better grip".

June 20, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Davey Johnson is a wimp. It's a chicken s--t move.

June 20, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Davey Johnson is a wimp. It's a chicken s--t move.

LOL. Get a grip. :-)

June 20, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Davey Johnson is a wimp. It's a chicken s--t move.

You said it. That was totally pathetic what Johnson did.

June 20, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He didn't deny that Peralta had pine tar on his glove but implied that using pine tar is a common practice among pitchers. ."Why would a pitcher need pine tar on his glove?

Better grip on the ball. Saw Kenny rodgers using it in a playoff game against the yanks. Had it under the brim of his cap.
Did not know it was common practice though...Perhaps Maddon should have shut up.

June 20, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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It's either illegal or it's not. If it is then Johnson had every reason to bring it to the umpires attention. Stop crying Joe.

This, it is illegal.

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June 20, 2012  10:26 AM ET

Don't expect people to keep things under their hat when it comes to protecting your cheating. If you tolerate cheating then you get what you deserve.

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