PHILADELPHIA — While not acknowledging that Noah Syndergaard was hiding pine tar in his glove Monday night, Mets officials on Tuesday indicated they would be surprised if the right-hander is disciplined or even questioned by MLB.
Video surfaced of Syndergaard digging his index and middle fingers into the heel of his glove before touching the ball during his start on a chilly night at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.
Syndergaard indicated after the game that he had difficulty gripping the ball at times. Pine tar is banned for pitchers, but unless the opposing manager complains the rule is seldom enforced.
“Most pitchers are using it,” one Mets player said. “Check every reliever that comes in there and you will find it.”
The player suggested that Syndergaard’s potential use of the substance became a talking point because of the pitcher’s celebrity status.
“The other manager is not going to complain because his pitchers are doing it too,” the Mets player said. “And the batter is not going to complain because he wants the pitcher to know where the pitch is going. Nobody wants to get drilled in the head because the pitcher doesn’t have a good grip.”
An MLB spokesman indicated the league had not looked into the matter.
Published at Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:29:37 +0000