The latest development in the escalating rivalry between the two clubs was triggered Friday when the Dodgers informed the Mets they wanted to mark spots in the outfield during this weekend's three-game series for defensive positioning after using an electronic laser before the game. The Mets denied the request, and apparently had a problem with the Dodgers' alternative measures to prepare defensively, which they allege included a laser range-finder.
"I don't want to make it more than it was, but we observed some members of the Dodgers organization using technology to establish defensive positions, presumably for use during the game," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. "We weren't sure that was appropriate. But Major League Baseball is going to look at that issue. So I don't really have any further comment."
The Dodgers are known to embrace progressive tactics, such as global positioning system (GPS) and a laser range to help mark spots on the field at Dodger Stadium, but manager Dave Roberts took issue with accusations that the club used electronic assistance during Friday's game.
"No. 1, we do a lot with analytics and preparing our fielders," Roberts said. "And so as far as a laser in-game, that has never been the case nor will it ever, unless it is allowed by Major League Baseball, which I don't foresee. So this is something where, before a series, (we do) to help place our outfielders with depth."
On Friday, video of Howie Kendrick went viral after a fan alleged the outfielder was checking his phone during the contest. Injured pitcher Brett Anderson corrected the fan, noting that Kendrick was examining a defensive alignment chart.
"If they think I have a cell phone, let them think I have a cell phone," Kendrick said.