Indians’ Perez believes pine tar use is widespread
Outspoken Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez said Friday he
believes there are pitchers on every team who use pine tar and
other substances to manipulate the ball.
”If before every game if they stopped and checked everybody’s
gloves or something there would be one or two guys on every team
that would just get popped,” he said.
Clarifying comments he made earlier on a satellite radio show,
Perez, a former Cardinal, said he wasn’t specifically calling out
St. Louis for doing it.
”I’ve only played for two teams and more guys did it on the
Cardinals than here,” he said. ”That’s the only thing I was
trying to say. It wasn’t like an organizational thing.”
Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games on
Thursday for having pine tar on his glove. The suspension came
after he was ejected Tuesday night when Washington manager Davey
Johnson asked the umpires to check his glove when he was warming up
in the eighth inning.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was upset with Johnson’s actions,
saying he had inside information since Peralta pitched for the
Nationals in 2010.
Perez believes the issue isn’t pine tar on gloves, but rather
that one of the many unwritten rules of baseball was broken when
Johnson used inside information on a former player.
”I think the Rays are more mad about somebody calling them
out,” he said. ”It had to be somebody that knew- that used to
play with them. I have old teammates that I could tell (manager)
Manny (Acta) to call out, but I’m not going to. It’s not bush
league, but it’s still not on the up and up.”
None of the St. Louis pitchers who were with the team when Perez
was there were available for comment on Friday, but a couple of
pitchers who have since joined the team weighed in on the
Starter Lance Lynn wasn’t sure how widespread the use of pine
”You hear about guys doing it, but I’ve never witnessed it
myself,” he said. ”It’s something you hear about around the
league, one or two guys doing it.”
Fellow St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse also seemed to agree with
Perez that there’s an unwritten rule about not using inside
information on former teammates.
”If you’re going to start throwing guys under the bus, then
you’d better be sure there’s nobody on your own team doing it,” he
said. ”That’s all I have to say.”
Perez says he only uses rosin, but that he’s seen players use
pine tar, sunscreen, rosin, dirt and a mixture of those things. He
doesn’t believe that pine tar changes the pitches, but rather
simply helps with gripping the ball.
”I use just rosin and it can get just as sticky as pine tar and
if they checked me some games, there would be nothing in my glove,
but my fingers would stick together because rosin with sweat and
dirt is sticky,” Perez said. ”That’s why it’s out there is to
Perez isn’t one to hold his tongue, and called out Indians fans
for lack of support in May and was fined by the league earlier in
the season for a tweet after a series with the Royals in Kansas
City. He also riled up Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson recently
with a hand gesture he made after striking him out.
AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this report from