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A Baseball Pitcher Explains When It's OK to Cheat

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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A ten-game suspension has been handed down to New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, after he was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox in Fenway Park. Pineda was tossed from the game for using a foreign substance on the mound. Specifically, he was applying pine tar to the baseball.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman called the incident an "embarrassment," but Red Sox manager John Farrell says it wasn't necessarily the use of the pine tar that bothered him. Rather, it was how blatant Pineda was about his use of it.

Cheating in baseball is as old as the game itself, and Pineda's suspension is reviving the age-old debate about what is and isn't acceptable in the game.

Dirk Hayhurst is a former Major League pitcher with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. He says cheating has a storied history in the game, and that there's a certain artfulness that goes into the act.

"There is an incredible art to it and being lazy about it is an insult to all of us who are really doing it in a masterful way," says Hayhurst.  "I did everything to the ball. When you're a roster-filler like me, you've got to find every edge that you can."

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