LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Louis Cardinals' good young pitching, Clayton Kershaw's strange Game 6 meltdown -- have been thoroughly covered.
One aspect that hasn't been explored much: espionage?
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The Dodgers went into that series highly cognizant of the Cardinals' reputation for stealing a team's signs, manager Don Mattingly told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings. The Dodgers complained to the umpires at times about where Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo stood while coaching third base.
"We felt like we had to be sure we kept an eye on their first-base coach and their third-base coach," Mattingly said. The Dodgers did not change their signs heading into the post-season, Mattingly said, because they felt it was likely to cause confusion among their own players, conditioned to the same signs all year.
Some Dodgers also felt the Cardinals were relaying catcher A.J. In the regular season, the Cardinals hit .236 with nobody on and .330 with runners in scoring position.
Mattingly said it was the Dodgers' responsibility to stop it if they felt the Cardinals were relaying signs from second.
"If you think a guy's looking from second base, then you have to have a combination of signs," Mattingly said. Louis wound up romping in the game, 9-0.