Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Davey Johnson, Ace Detective

Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was ejected from last night's game against the Washington Nationals after Washington manager Davey Johnson asked the umpires to check Peralta's glove while the pitcher was warming up in the 8th inning. The umpires found that Peralta had "a significant amount of pine tar" in his mitt (not allowed) and the reliever was tossed and the glove confiscated.
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Peralta pitched for the Nationals in 2010 sparking off some debate as to who his betrayer might have been, but I don't think that's the real story here. Instead, no one's talking about how Davey Johnson is once again at the heart of a controversy involving the ejection of a reliever using pine tar. Flash back to the 1988 NLCS between the Dodgers and Mets. Game 3. 8th Inning. Jay Howell on the mound for the Dodgers with a 4-3 lead. With a 3-2 count on Kevin McReynolds, Mets manager - DAVEY JOHNSON - came out of the dugout, and asked Umpire Harry Wendelstedt to inspect Howell's glove for an illegal substance. Sure enough, Howell was found to have pine tar on his glove, and he was immediately ejected from the game. The Mets would go on to score 5 in the inning and win the game 8-4.
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So that makes TWICE that Davey Johnson has gotten a relief pitcher ejected for using pine tar on his mitt. Is that a record? What's his secret? And how come nobody else is talking about this aspect of the story?
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