Should Joel Peralta Be Suspended?

Sports 2012/06/22 19:00:00
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Stuffing pine tar in your glove for a better grip and an unfair advantage? That's a clown move, bro. But that's what Tampa Bay Rays ace Joel Peralta was accused of on Tuesday when his team took on the Washington Nationals. He was thrown out of the game by umpires. The result on Thursday? Peralta has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball. Now, he's appealing the suspension with support from Rays manager Joe Maddon.

“I just know that we're appealing right now, so I have to sit tight and see,” Peralta said to the media. Peralta says his former Nationals teammates have been supportive of him about this whole thing, but this isn't just some crazy coincidence that there was pine tar and a baseball glove. Maybe this was Peralta's first time using pine tar and he didn't know it was against the rules to put it in his baseball glove.

Maybe Peralta did know and just chose not to care. Perhaps, Peralta knew it was against the rules and had been doing this before -- only to finally get caught. We don't know the answers, but what we do know is what he's accused of is clearly against the rules. So by default, Peralta is technically a cheater, right? Whatever you call it, this definitely isn't good for Joel Peralta's image -- or his reputation as a player.

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  • cebo 2012/06/26 01:12:45 (edited)
    Didn't he know that the strong smell of christmas trees at a ballpark in June would draw attention? dumbass!
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/06/25 09:02:05
    This guy has known the rules since the first time he stepped on the mound in the minor leagues in 1996 and probably as a kid as well. Hell, I knew this rule in little league and that was in the early 80's...EVERYONE that is a real baseball fan knows this rule.
  • Rio 2012/06/25 04:03:11
    who? is he racist or a gambler ;) or other.
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/06/24 16:40:56
    Your Favorite Nerd
  • spike66 2012/06/24 15:06:25
    Of course, he cheated, end of story.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/06/24 14:27:00
    Christopher Kirchen
    If he did it then yes, he should be suspended.
  • Corsair 2012/06/24 10:54:44 (edited)
    I've never heard of an athlete who didn't know rules of the sport he's affiliated with. Sounds like a joke if he goes into his appeal with that excuse.
  • Don Leuty 2012/06/24 09:50:05
    Don Leuty
    Ooops. Gotcha.
  • S* 2012/06/24 07:27:35
    Does anyone who pitches for MLB not understand the rules? Not Hardly.
  • S* S* 2012/06/24 19:58:19
    Don Drysdale got busted on the mound the same way for a sharp instrument to cut balls with
  • im right ur wrong 2012/06/24 02:36:47
    im right ur wrong
    it is illegal.the nfl didnt let the saints get away with,its not as servier but you cant just slap them on the hand.
  • Lerro DeHazel 2012/06/24 01:00:27
    Lerro DeHazel
    Joe Paterno is dead.
  • Loser l... Lerro D... 2012/06/24 21:30:17
    Loser lollipop
    Well we're not talking about him, this is about a very much alive Rays pitcher
  • Lerro D... Loser l... 2012/06/25 14:50:44
    Lerro DeHazel
    Aha! Okay . . . .Yes, I say suspend him . . . .For 5-Games . . .
  • Loser l... Lerro D... 2012/06/25 21:02:07
    Loser lollipop
    He was suspended...for eight games
  • Wolverineland 2012/06/24 00:30:11
    Ever since Pete Rose got banned from the Hall of Fame I rarely side with management. pete rose banned
  • Christo... Wolveri... 2012/06/24 14:28:33
    Christopher Kirchen
    What if they're right? You would deny justice just because it's on the side of management?
  • S* Christo... 2012/06/24 19:56:29
    I guess betting on games that you control is not considered a breach of trust? Interesting.
  • cebo Wolveri... 2012/06/26 01:04:34
    Don't blame management for ol Petey getting caught, he should have done what ol Rocket just did to beat the government... DENY, DENY , DENY!!!
  • Wolveri... cebo 2012/06/26 02:50:33
    The umpire threw him out of the game. As far as I'm concerned the punishment should have ended there. An eight game suspension is a little harsh in my opinion.
  • cebo Wolveri... 2012/06/26 03:06:05
    It should be an example of what cheaters should get, baseball has been roughed up in the last few years and the mlb powers to be are letting it be known, you cheat now , you will pay dearly, I applaud them. The game needs to be played cleanly.
  • aherbert 2012/06/23 23:11:18
    Cheaters needs to be punished ...
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/06/23 23:08:15
    flyingseaturtle BN
    If he did what he is accused of ;-)
  • Gahnzo 2012/06/23 20:43:20
    There are enough other rules that are "bent" on occasion, but when it comes down to the pitcher.. sorry that's the main guy... that is the guy that has to be above reproach.. waaaay above reproach. Pine tar is something you learn about when your about 10 years old if not younger, and you learn the rules.. and Pine Tar and pitchers is the ultimate no no. So yes he should be tossed out, and also should have his glove inspected when he pitches for the rest of the season... or do it randomly but if caught again.. suspend him for the season.. Tired of "professional" players bending and totally dismissing the rules.. steroids, blood doping, etc.. no place for any of it in professional sports. To do anything less would be desecrating the time honored traditions of the sport.
  • BigKwell 2012/06/23 18:07:53
    Cheaters NEVER win!
  • Wulfdane 2012/06/23 16:16:41 (edited)
    The rules are there for a reason, he is obligated to know them and follow them. Ignorance is not an excuse and to be clear, I don't believe for one second that he was not aware of those rules. Peralta needs to man up and take his punishment.

    If they give him a break, what about the next player who breaks the rules? Can every player use the excuse, "I didn't know...." Because if that is the case, then the rules mean nothing and should be gotten rid of.

    This argument "other players are doing it...", what hell is that? So if someone doesn't get caught, it makes it okay? I hope they apply that to traffic laws.....
  • joe mauro 2012/06/23 15:28:40
    joe mauro
    first of all there is no appeal that was dropped,joe majic has shown the league that he and the rays are a bush league operation!
  • disclaimer 2012/06/23 05:33:12
  • spencerc143 2012/06/23 04:37:05
  • beach bum 2012/06/23 02:37:14
    beach bum
  • jayshawksnotboth 2012/06/23 01:57:54
    I wouldn't be surprised if they let him get away with this just because he's a Tampa Bay Ray. The Rays get away with EVERYTHING, I swear;...
  • bmxscho... jayshaw... 2012/06/25 01:24:06
    but not as much as the yankee's get away with
  • None of your business 2012/06/23 01:14:24
  • phil 2012/06/22 23:43:43
    A day
  • JohnT 2012/06/22 21:18:14
    He is playing major league baseball, he should know the rules. Make all that money than come up with a dumb excuse I didn't know that. That would not work for most people in real jobs. Take the suspension like a man and move on.
  • thatblondechik 2012/06/22 20:02:55
    I don't know the story but from what I read...cheating is cheating.
  • BoardinOK 2012/06/22 19:36:14
    8 games for a pitcher isn't a whole lot. A starting pitcher only pitches once every four or five games. I know he wasn't a starter, but it's not like he was a position player that played every game either.
  • bmxscho... BoardinOK 2012/06/25 01:26:44 (edited)
    I agree pitchers should get a much longer suspension like 5 times longer
  • dear•LT13☻ 2012/06/22 16:55:28
    He already was... 8 games I believe

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