Surfs up wrote:
the rule was created because batted balls could pick up pine tar and thus be unusable. some owners didnt like paying for extra balls so they created a rule whereby pine tar could only be xx inches from the knob of the bat. everybody remembers that originally the brett homer was disqualified. however, on appeal it was later allowed and the remainder of the game was played weeks later
That is a matter of opinion not widely held in NY except m,aybe among fans from Queens.
A rule is a rule, If you do not like the rule change it. But doing so retro-actively is nonsense. It is like saying the speed limit is 55, but it should be 65. You got a ticket for going 60, so let's forget about it.