MLB Corridor of Fame catcher Johnny Bench on sticky baseball controversy: ‘A bit pine tar by no means harm’
Corridor of Fame catcher Johnny Bench advised CNBC that the headlines about pitchers utilizing pine tar or different sticky substances on baseballs should not come as a shock to followers.
“Sure, they use pine tar, in fact they use pine tar, all people has used pine tar since I used to be a rookie in 1967,” mentioned the previous Cincinnati Reds catcher.
“Do not get excited, these are the issues that the pitcher must do,” Bench mentioned. “A bit pine tar by no means harm, come on. Maintain on to it. Get that grip going, child.”
Bench added that the seam of the baseball has shrunk since his pitching days — utilizing a sticky substance on the ball provides the pitcher one thing to grip on to, he mentioned.
MLB officers are contemplating a crackdown, as Main League pitchers dominate greater than ever. The league has seen six no-hitters already this season, on tempo to shatter the file of eight, set in 1884.
Insiders say one downside may very well be what’s hidden on pitchers’ arms, like pine tar or a sticky glue referred to as “Spider Tack.” Final week the league suspended 4 minor league pitchers for illegally utilizing international substances on baseballs.
Bench, nonetheless, pointed to subpar hitting throughout a Thursday night interview on “The Information with Shepard Smith.”