The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, two Southern California rivals who will face off in Seoul next March, have a heated off-field rivalry.
It all started with a showdown between the two teams at Petco Park on the 8th of this month. The game was won by the Dodgers, 13-7.
The Dodgers bats scored eight runs in the fourth inning against San Diego starter Seth Lugo. With runners on first and second, the bats exploded, with David Peralta and Jason Heyward hitting back-to-back doubles. Mookie Betts’ grand slam was the final blow.
“I tried to focus on throwing the ball according to the plan, but other things distracted me,” Lugo told local media afterwards, claiming that the opposing team had seen his pitching plan.
He reviewed his pitches on video after the game and accused the Dodgers of spying on his pitching grip and passing it on to the runner at second base.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was furious. “I don’t think we did it,” Roberts told The Athletic and other local media before the team’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. “I don’t think we did, and if we did, it’s gamesmanship (the ability to turn the game in your favour),” he insisted.
“Some of the players have talked about it. I was respecting him as an opponent, so it’s a bit surprising to hear that. It sounds like an excuse to me,” he said, responding to the pitcher’s claims.바카라사이트
Major League Baseball introduced pitchcoms to prevent opponents from stealing autographs after the Houston Astros’ “autograph scandal” was uncovered, and now we’re seeing attempts to steal pitchers’ grips.
Major League Baseball recognises that stealing autographs is a part of the game, as long as it’s done entirely with runners on base and not with the aid of electronic devices, as was the case in Houston.
The two teams have played each other this season, with the Dodgers holding a commanding 8-2 record. The two teams will meet for the final time at Dodger Stadium from 12-14 September.