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There should be no cheating in baseball

Date published: 5/11/2014

There should be no cheating in baseball

So Michael Pineda, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, gets caught red-handed with a foreign substance (pine tar) on his neck, and what does ESPN's sports announcer Barry Larkin (a former baseball player) have to say about it?

That it's no big deal to him and that he understands why pitchers do that in cold weather (to get a better grip on the ball).

Mr. Pineda is flat-out cheating and was seen doing the same thing a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't addressed. How is any level of cheating OK? Once a cheat, always a cheat.

Mr. Pineda should be thrown out of baseball, and that is the way to deal with this situation. The problem is, though, the Players Association will then step in and plead ignorance.

Larry Bickmann