The Los Angeles Dodgers received some heat following their series vs. the New York Mets. The Mets accused the Dodgers of using laser rangefinder devices at Citi Field and complained to the MLB this past weekend. The Dodgers request for painting a set point at all three outfield positions was denied by the Mets, according to ESPN writer Doug Padilla.
The controversy made it all the way to the cover of the New York Post, but news came in Thursday that the Dodgers would not be disciplined or face any consequences for this matter, according to ESPN reports.
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The Mets claimed the Dodgers used the lasers to gain advantage, but manager Dave Roberts says other teams make similar requests at Dodger Stadium.
Roberts being asked RE "lasers in the outfield." He says other teams have asked LA to mark up OF & Dodgers "oblige." pic.twitter.com/iGPY6AyDJX
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 28, 2016
From Doug Padilla, ESPN writer explains the usage of lasers:
The painted mark in each outfield position is used as a reference point for the positioning of each opposing batter. A laminated card used by each outfielder gives basic instructions on where to shade each batter based on the painted spot.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had no issue with the Mets declining his team’s request to paint reference points on the field, but did add that they allow opponents to paint reference points on the Dodger Stadium grass.
“I have no other comment on it,” Roberts said Thursday. “We’ll abide by whatever the Major League Baseball rules specify.”
While there are no rules preventing positioning markers, MLB reportedly has clarified various rules on the matter for all teams, not just the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are headed back home following a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, and now prepare to face the Atlanta Braves.
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