What is pine tar?

  1. KevinTimothy profile image81
    KevinTimothyposted 5 years ago

    What is pine tar?

    I'm referring to the baseball pine tar type.

  2. Don Bobbitt profile image93
    Don Bobbittposted 5 years ago

    When you go walking out in the woods,notice the Pine trees and some of them will have a yellowish-clear sap leaking from them. This excretion is pine tar, and it is very sticky. It has often been used by baseball pitchers to get a more firm grip on a baseball, and it can make a baseball slightly out of balance so that the ball can be thrown with some odd trajectories.

  3. KeenanEM profile image61
    KeenanEMposted 5 years ago

    Its a sticky substance mainly used by batters. They put it on the handles of their bats to gain extra grip so that they can swing harder and get their bat speed a little faster without worrying about losing their grip, and having the bat go flying into the stands. Although this happens sometimes anyways, it would definately happen much more often if not for pine tar. It's also used by pitchers to gain grip to help create more break on their pitches, but it is illegal for pitchers to do so while perfectly legal for hitters to use it.