Brendan Donnelly: Peralta did nothing wrong
Former Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly knows exactly what Rays reliever Joel Peralta is going through.
In 2005, Donnelly, pitching against the Nationals, was caught with pine tar in his glove and suspended for 10 games.
Reached by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Donnelly said using pine tar shouldn't be a crime.
"The way I look at it is Peralta didn't do anything wrong, and I didn't do anything wrong," Donnelly told the Times. "It's not cheating, not about having the ball do funky things. It's about getting a grip.
"Especially for relievers, you get balls that aren't rubbed up that well," in mud. I have small hands, Peralta … has small hands. I sweated a lot, Peralta's a sweater too."
Donnelly told the Times he never shared pine tar tips with Peralta, but noted it's most needed in excessively dry, cold or humid weather.
"I've asked dozens of hitters about this: 'Do you want me to throw 90-plus knowing what the ball is going to do, or do you want me to risk letting it slip?' They all want the pitcher to have control. So pine tar should be legal."