According to the MLB Rules, 3.02(c):

The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance that extends past the 18- inch limitation shall cause the bat to be removed from the game.

Now, during tonight's World Series game, LA Dodgers player Turner was using the bat below. Clearly, you can see a shiny substance on the bat, which looks consistent with pine tar. Would this not be an illegal bat according to the rules?


  • He put it on the wrong end. – dgo Mar 4 '18 at 0:15

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