ANAHEIM -- Tuesday's pine-tar episode between the Rays and Nationals -- when Nats skipper Davey Johnson prompted umpires to check the glove of reliever Joel Peralta, leading to his ejection and an enraged Joe Maddon postgame -- hit home a bit with the Angels.
Back in June 2005, Maddon was a coach under Angels skipper Mike Scioscia when something similar happened to one of his relievers against the same Nationals team. Frank Robinson, then the Nats' manager, was told by disgruntled former Angel Jose Guillen that Brendan Donnelly used pine tar in his glove, and Robinson told the umps, leading to Donnelly's ejection and an eventual eight-game suspension.
That sparked a heated, benches-emptying, on-field exchange between the two managers. Peralta, ironically enough, was a rookie with the Angels at the time.
On Tuesday, Maddon accused Johnson of being "cowardly" for telling umpires Peralta had pine tar in his glove, calling the act "bush" and "insider trading" because Peralta was a reliever for the Nationals in 2010.
Asked about the situation Wednesday, Scioscia didn't take much issue with Johnson bringing the issue to the umpires' attention. He's done it himself with pitchers he's suspected of using sandpaper, which was falsely alleged of Donnelly in the '05 incident.
But he believes the substance itself doesn't provide much of an advantage.
"And I don't think hitters have much of an issue with it, especially when it's cold or guys are really sweaty or it's wet," said Scioscia, who's on Bud Selig's special committee for on-field matters. "It doesn't change the flight of the ball. It's in the rules, and obviously you have to abide by what's in the rules. It's like getting pulled over for going 66 mph in a 65 mph zone."