Merloni: I don't have a problem with pine tar

Merloni: I don't have a problem with pine tar
April 11, 2014, 8:45 pm
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"It's a gray area. I don't have a problem with it." - Lou Merloni

The hot topic in baseball is Michael's Pineda's brazen use of pine tar in the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night. 

Lou Merloni joins Mike Giardi on Arbella Early Edition to discuss whether the use of pine tar qualifies as cheating. 

"It’s a gray area," says Merloni. "I don’t have a problem with it… what [most people] have a problem with is how [Pineda] went about it; how obvious it was. You want to throw it out there, make it that obvious, now you’re making me look like a fool if I don’t call you on it."

There will be no punishment coming down from Major League Baseball, but that hasn't stopped the debate from raging. 

"What’s the line between cheating and not cheating," asks Giardi.

Last year, both Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester were involved in situations that raised questions regarding suspicious substances. The crux of the argument seems to come down to the letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law. Does pine tar actually qualify as 'doctoring' the ball and give the pitcher an advantage?

"Pine tar is helping get a grip," says Merloni, "[whereas something like] vaseline [creates] an unnatural tumbling movement."

Does pine tar create a competitive advantage?  Should Michael Pineda have been punished for his obvious use of the substance?