Joe Maddon plays by two sets of rules.
The interesting Tampa Bay Rays manager has never made any secret that he has no issue with players attempting to get a competitive advantage during baseball games. It should have been no surprise to anyone when he made his passionate post-game comments Tuesday night in support of his relief pitcher Joel Peralta after he was ejected for having pine tar in his glove.
Yes, by definition and major league baseball Rule 8.02 of the MLB official rulebook, a pitcher "shall not ... apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball." The rulebook states that the penalty for the infraction is, "The pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically."
If you haven't seen or heard Maddon's comments by now you can find the video here via Sun Sports.
Nobody should be surprised that he reacted that way. If you look at past events it is clear that he plays by a different set of rules that aren't written down in a formal rulebook.
Here are a few of those events that come to mind.