Checking for pine tar not Leyland's style

Checking for pine tar not Leyland's style

Checking for pine tar not Leyland's style
DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland wasn't criticizing Nationals manager Davey Johnson for asking the umpires to check the glove of Rays reliever Joel Peralta for pine tar Tuesday night. But Leyland said Wednesday that's just "not his style."

"It's just a situation where, in my personal opinion, some things are just better off left alone," Leyland said. "In reality, if I wanted to go to home plate tonight and check somebody's bat, you will find that the pine tar is too high. And I probably got some on my team that it's too high. That's just the way it is."

League rules state that any application of a foreign substance to a ball -- including pine tar -- is prohibited, which is why Peralta was immediately ejected from the game and his glove was confiscated and sent to the Major League Baseball offices in New York.

Leyland said Wednesday during his pregame session with the media that he's been told by players that pine tar provides minimal advantages to a pitcher.

"I've been told that pine tar does absolutely nothing as far as making the ball move and everything else," he said. "In fact, I've been told by a lot of guys that hitters are glad they use it, because they don't have to worry about getting beaned."

Asked if there would be any situation where he'd ask for an inspection of an opposing pitcher's glove, Leyland said: "If a guy's standing out there in an obvious situation, loading Vasoline on the ball or something, that's one thing. But putting a little rosin on it or pine tar to get a little bit better of a grip, I'm not going to say anything."