Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden on MFB: '[John] Farrell is right on the money' with wanting approved pitching substance

May 28, 2015 - 9:46 am
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Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden joined Middays with MFB Thursday to discuss getting substances approved for pitchers to use on the mound in games, like pine tar for batters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier in the week he would like to see a substance approved for all pitchers to help get a better grip. "€œI would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use,"€ Farrell said in Minnesota. This comes after Orioles reliver Brian Matusz was ejected from Saturday'€™s game against the Marlins for having a substance on his right arm, becoming the second MLB pitcher in a week to be disciplined for using an illegal substance on the baseball. Braden agrees with Farrell. "[John] Farrell is right on the money because he understands," Braden said. "There are guys in the league that yeah, 97-98 (mph), we're talking hundo (100 mph) and they don't have a clue where it's going sometimes. So, from the hitters perspective they would love to be able to dig in against a guy like that and being confident that [they] are not going to get drilled and get pained one knee high away on the black. [They'd] like to have a comfortable at-bat. Well, a guy like me -- so, for a guy that throws 95 or above, it's a safety issue, but for a guy like me who does it, now I am a cheater? Not so much. These are things that have been going on, that go on and that will continue to go on in the game of baseball ..." He added: "We don't need to go and try and reinvent the wheel here. There's a substance already out there and it's called pine tar. This is what I think about -- when [a batter] is in the on-deck circle and he has his batting gloves on, holding a weighed bat, with a weighed doughnut on it, he's applied pine tar to his bat, he has pine tar on his helmet, he's rubbed down the bat with the [stick] just before he goes up to the plate. I've got a bag of chalk on the back of the mound to get moisture off of my hand. That's what [a pitcher] is working with and that's what [a batter] has? "Give me a pine tar rag. I don't need to have you go to NASA and come up with some space-sticking goo to stick on my fingers, I'm good with pine tar. I've made that abundantly clear. For me, what I haven't come across was, 'Oh, I can use rosin and I can shield my sensitive fair skin from ultraviolet rays and this is actually going to come up with a nice sticky substance. That's a win for me. Sorry about it, but sorry I am not sorry.'" For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.