Mattingly questions Cards ethics in NLCS

(The Chirp) -- There appears to be some lingering and unresolved issues dating back to the National League Championship Series, just two months ago.

Last night ESPNLA's Mark Saxon wrote that during an interview at the MLB winter meetings in Orlando, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said his team was well aware of the Cardinals' reputation for stealing signs, and that the Dodgers complained to the umpires at times about where Cards third base coach Jose Oquendo was standing.

Mattingly admitted he decided to relay signs from the dugout instead of his base coaches, to guard against any possible sign stealing. But he was also quick to say that he doesn't think the Cardinals won the series because of their ability to decipher signs.

The article says that Dodger players had voiced concern that St. Louis runners were able to steal signs from catcher A.J. Ellis as he sent pitch sequences to his pitchers. And don't forget the accusations that flew around during the series that Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly intentionally threw at Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, fracturing a rib, during Game 1.

So far, no comment from the Cardinals.


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