Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having pine tar on his glove in the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Washington Nationals, but plans to appeal.
Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night’s game in Washington after umpires found pine tar on his mitt. The incident led to a verbal spat between managers Joe Maddon of the Rays and Davey Johnson of the Nationals.
“I just know that we’re appealing right now so I’ve got to sit tight and see,” Peralta said. He said he didn’t know Johnson. “I don’t know why he did it,” Peralta said. “I would like to know, but I’m not gonna ask that.”
Maddon feels the suspension is excessive. “Of course it’s too much, and of course it’s unfair, but that’s the way they came down with it and it’s gonna be up to them to try and manipulate it,” Maddon said.
Johnson declined to comment on the suspension on Thursday afternoon.
Peralta hopes to get the suspension reduced. “First time it’s ever happened to me. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to expect,” Peralta said. “It feels a little relief to know at least what it’s gonna be.”
After Tuesday’s game, Maddon denounced Johnson’s actions as cowardly, bush and bogus.
Johnson retorted that Maddon should “read the rule book” and that he was “a weird wuss.”