The Los Angeles Dodgers' laser-sharp defensive positioning will not bring about discipline from Major League Baseball, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.
The New York Mets complained to MLB this past weekend that the Dodgers were using laser rangefinder devices to mark set positions in the outfield at Citi Field. The Dodgers also asked the Mets if they could paint a set point at all three outfield positions, but that request was denied.
The Mets' contention was in regard to the use of electronic devices to gain an advantage.
Los Angeles uses the same practice at Dodger Stadium. 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.