MLB notebook: Pine tar discussion shelved until offseason
Commissioner Bud Selig says baseball will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed.
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday, a day after umpires found pine tar on his neck during a game against Boston. Pineda said he was trying to get a better grip on the balls on a cool night, and pitchers said they suspect pine tar use may be routine.
Baseball rules prohibit pitchers from using foreign substances.
“I think the way that the rule has been enforced, as with lots of rules in baseball, is that when there's a complaint, we do something about it,” MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred said. “We will like we do every offseason look at this issue, but remember, pine tar is one of a number of foreign substances, and you have to have a rule that fits for all of them.”
Selig notes proudest accomplishment
Addressing sports editors for what he said was the final time, Selig tried to sum up his proudest accomplishment since he took the job in 1992.
Selig announced in September his last day will be Jan. 24, 2015. He said when he followed Fay Vincent he inherited “an industry that had not functioned well in terms of getting along, getting things done both internally and externally.”
“I guess the ability to get people to work together and the economic changes,” he cited. “I look back on it, and it's remarkable to me.”
MLB policy on Cuban players discussed
Major League Baseball would have to change its policy on Cuban players if the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays want a share of state money that would be set aside for pro sports stadiums under a bill the House passed Friday.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba to Mexico was the inspiration for the conditions the bill places on baseball stadium construction money. With the exception of Canada, residents of foreign nations can negotiate with all 30 baseball teams before signing a contract, but teams aren't allowed to negotiate with Cuban players if they remain in that country because of the U.S. embargo of the communist island. And Cuban players are subject to the amateur draft if they come directly to the U.S. That's why Cuban players seek to establish residency in a third country first.
Reds quiet on lawsuit
The Reds are not talking about the lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by pitcher Alfredo Simon.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the $15 million civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. She claims Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel a year ago.
The Padres put third baseman Chase Headley on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right calf. ... Ernesto Frieri was replaced as Angels closer by Joe Smith, the team announced.