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Its not that they put pine tar on their helmets on purpose. Its from handling the bat with their gloves, then both adjusting/taking off their helmet. So it just transfers from bat to helmet via the glove. Sure they could clean their helmets after a game, but I'm sure its a superstitious thing with many Baseball players to not clean the helmet. I'm sure you've seen tons of ball players with extremely dirty helmets...

Also... ball players ''adjust'' the amount of pine tar on their gloves for preference by touching their helmet to take some of it off.

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