Torre cautions against legalization of pine tar
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Amid a growing debate over whether pitchers should be openly allowed to use pine tar to get a better grip on baseballs, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said he has concerns about the substance being legalized for pitchers because of potential safety issues.
Since the Pineda suspension, David Cone and Mike Krukow are among the pitchers-turned-broadcasters who have said they routinely used pine tar during their playing careers.
While pine tar is permitted for hitters, pitchers are governed by Rule 8.02(b), which says they're subject to immediate ejection for using any kind of foreign substance on the mound.
Although some observers contend that pine tar enhances hitter safety because it gives pitchers more control of the ball, Torre fears the possible ramifications of a rule change.
"I can understand the fact you don't want the ball slipping out of a pitcher's hand because someone can get hurt," Torre told ESPN.com Saturday.