The Dodgers left the Padres series with a sour taste for a number of reasons. Not only did they lose the series, but they got embarrassed by it in the process. Sunday night’s game was just extra salt in the wound.
But the Dodgers also faced a little bit of controversy in the series. Fernando Tatis Jr obviously had his way with Los Angeles pitching, and — among others — Trevor Bauer really got hit hard. Bauer didn’t mind Tatis’ celebrations, but a video that surfaced later seemed to bother a lot of the baseball world.
The video in question shows Tatis peeking at Will Smith’s signs before taking Bauer deep. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked his thoughts on the matter, but Doc said he had not yet seen the video.
I didn’t see that, but I’ll look into that…I gotta look at it, I don’t like to speak without knowing. But when you talk about peeking, that’s just not the way you play baseball. I don’t know, I haven’t vetted it or seen it. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Fernando as a ballplayer…but if that is the case, that will be noted.
Bauer and Tatis went back and forth on Twitter about it on Saturday and TB even did a video breakdown. The superstar shortstop isn’t breaking any MLB rules but there is certainly a code among players. The Dodgers didn’t seem to change anything in response.
But Dave’s answer was interesting. He made sure to say that if Tatis was peeking, it “would be noted”. He did not mean that the Dodgers would change up their strategy in relaying signs to pitchers.
Perhaps Doc shared a similar sentiment to Bauer, who said that the game would police itself. Only time will tell.