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George Brett

Michael Pineda's Stupid ...

You Gotta Hide the Pine Tar Better Than That

4/23/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0423-george-brett-michael-pineda-getty-tmz-01When George Brett talks pine tar -- and cheating in baseball -- people listen ... and the Hall of Famer just gave TMZ Sports an earful about Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda's ejection for blatantly using the substance.

Pineda was tossed in the 2nd inning of Wednesday night's Yankees-Red Sox game when the umpire said he had pine tar on his neck. The allegation is Pineda was using the substance to get a better grip on the ball.

0423-michael-pineda-injury-sub-espn-01Brett was totally shocked, telling us ... "Wow. I've known guys to put it on their glove, shin guards, on their bats ... but I never heard of that. It's mind-boggling."

Sneaking pine tar is fairly common, but considering Pineda nearly got ejected for the same thing last week ... Brett added, "It's not the smartest thing in the world."

Of course, George was at the center of baseball's most famous pine tar incident -- back in 1983, he had a game winning homer nullified when Yankees manager Billy Martin accused the Royals star of having too much PT on his bat. (MLB eventually overturned the call and the Royals won)

To be clear though -- Brett doesn't seem to have an issue with Pineda cheating ... in fact, he told us the pitcher just needs some tips from his manager Joe Girardi.

"He's a bright guy -- [Pineda] should ask him ... where do you think I should hide it?"

And now -- because it's so awesome -- Brett's reaction to his '83 incident. Epic.

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183 days ago

Mike L    

They all do this, its not a big deal. The rulebook just needs to be changed. Its antiquated, just like the Bill of Rights, and has no bearing in this day and age.

182 days ago


They need to change the rule. The rosin bag is there to help pitchers get a better grip, and pine tar just works better sometimes. At the current time it is cheating and needs to stop.

182 days ago

Gustav LaFong    

Hey, don't be callin' a brotha stoopid. Dat's racist, y'know.

182 days ago


Another cheating black Dominican like APE-ROD destroying our national game. I bet he's not even legal.

182 days ago


what a moron! I found his girl here http://fabwags.com/mlb-player-michael-pinedas-girlfriend-wife/ or his soon-to be ex

182 days ago

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