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Pine Tar

What is Pine Tar?

A sticky material produced from the stump and roots of pine trees.  In baseball it is widely used on the handle of bats to provide extra grip and prevents slippage.

Sporting Charts explains Pine Tar

While it's perfectly legal to use pine tar on bat handles (up to 18 inches from the end of the bat), it is illegal for pitchers to use the substance on the ball to improve grip and increase spin on a pitch.

Over the years there have been several instances of pitchers ejected from games for using pine tar.  Typically the pitcher spreads some on their glove so they are able to apply to the pitching hand whenever required.

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