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What's the big deal about pine tar, anyway?

What, if any, advantage does pine tar give a pitcher? And does using it constitute cheating?

Here are a couple of interesting reads on the subject:

-- From The Sporting News: Sticky situation: what, exactly, is cheating?

-- From Slate.com: The physics of baseball's most popular illegal pitches

-- And here's why "a longtime baseball man, who has experience as both a manager and an executive,'' told the Washington Post he wouldn't have inspected Joel Peralta's glove Tuesday night.

Posted by fpastor at 5:44:49 pm on June 20, 2012

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