As baseball fans remember, some not-so-good-natured barbs went back and forth between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals during their 2013 National League Championship Series match-up, won by St. Louis in six games.
Some discomfort still lingers.
With all 30 MLB managers in the house at Baseball’s Winter Meetings in Orlando this week, Dodgers’ skipper Don Mattingly spoke with ESPN Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Here is a brief summary of Mattingly’s thoughts in bullet points. See how well you think this holds together.
- The Dodgers knew the Cardinals had a reputation of stealing opponents’ signs.
- Stealing signs is not why St. Louis won the series.
- The Dodgers complained to the umpires about how Cards 3B coach Jose Oquendo positioned himself.
- Mattingly used someone else to relay his signals from the dugout to keep the Cards from stealing them.
- The Dodgers did not change their signs from the regular season because they feared it might cause confusion among their players.
- Some Dodgers thought Cards baserunners were signaling their catcher’s signs, helping the batters with pitch location. (The Cards batted .190 with bases empty and .259 with RISP.)
- Mattingly said it was the Dodgers’ responsibility to stop the Cardinals from stealing signs from second base.
So there you have it. I get what it says about the Cardinals, but what does it suggest about Mattingly, his coaches and his team?