Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday that the organization spotted members of the Dodgers organization using laser technology to “establish defensive positions” and make markings in the outfield on Friday.
“Weren’t sure that was appropriate,” Alderson said. “But Major League Baseball’s gonna look at that issue.”
FOX Sports first reported Saturday that the Mets contacted MLB after the team found out about the Dodgers’ plans. That report said the Dodgers informed the Mets’ grounds crew of their plans but the grounds crew was instructed by higher-ups to eliminate anything they might see on the grass.
Alderson, who said he’s never encountered such an issue throughout his baseball tenure, said the Mets didn’t “directly” discuss the issue with the Dodgers.
“Nor did they discuss with us the possibility of establishing the markers in the first place,” Alderson said.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his team asked the Mets about making markings — as teams have asked the Dodgers to do in Los Angeles — but said the Mets declined. He also said there was no use of a laser during the game.
“As far as a laser in-game, that’s never been the case, nor will it ever, unless it’s allowed by Major League Baseball, which I don’t foresee,” Roberts said. “As I understand it, other teams have come to us and asked to put marks on the outfield, little marks to help their outfielders, and our groundskeeper has obliged.”
Roberts added there was “no threat to mess up the field.”
Alderson clearly wasn’t pleased with what he seemed to perceive was an out-of-bounds attempt by the Dodgers to set up their outfield in perfect position.
“Defensive positioning is a big part of the game these days, but nobody said that baseball needs to make it easier to make sure that kind of positioning is as precise as possible,” Alderson said. “From my standpoint, everybody has the same opportunity to position their players, but marking the field seemed to go beyond the rulebook.
The FOX report said that the Dodgers “apparently” paint markers on their outfield grass at home, and that baseball told teams weeks earlier that clubs aren’t allowed to use any sort of markings for positioning. Paint would be included in that ban, the report stated.
Terry Collins said there were no markings on the grass. “We just went out to check and we didn’t find anything,” he said. “But you just don’t go paint somebody else’s field.”
Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick was spotted on video pulling what appeared to be a chart from his back pocket in order to adjust his positioning.