Brewers reportedly suspect Dodgers are using video to steal signs

The Milwaukee Brewers suspect that the Los Angeles Dodgers are attempting to use video cameras to steal their signs in the National League Championship Series, according to The Athletic.

While they said that they have no direct evidence, the Brewers have suspicions that this has been happening throughout the series, which they informed Major League Baseball’s “resident security agents” about. The league said they have not detected anything.

“They use video people to get sequences,” a Brewers source told The Athletic of the Dodgers. “It’s known throughout the league. MLB knows it’s an issue.”

While this has become an increasing issue across the league, there was one instance in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the series on Wednesday in Los Angeles — in which the Dodgers won 5-2 — that tipped off Brewers catcher Erik Kratz.

From The Athletic:

Manny Machado stood alone at second base, beginning to lean towards third. With Chris Taylor at the plate and Corbin Burnes on the mound, Machado signaled to Taylor. First it was jumping in the air, then he began motioning with his hands. Seconds later, Taylor struck out.

As Taylor departed for the Dodgers’ dugout, catcher Erik Kratz went to the mound to talk to Burnes, both putting gloves over their mouths for the duration of the conversation. They were concerned that the Dodgers were picking up their signs, so they discussed their next move. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf broke up the meeting, and Los Angeles wound up scoring two runs that inning, taking a 3-1 lead. The next inning, they scored two additional runs, bringing the game to 5-1.

“So, did we change signs? Or did we keep them the same?” said Kratz. “How do they know?”

While the team said they don’t think the Dodgers have “completely” figured out their signs, they have started using multiple signs even when Los Angeles doesn’t have a runner on base — something a rival executive said is a “dead giveaway they think something is up.”

The team has also seen repeatedly on video where Dodgers players “move around and use their hands in motions that seem as if they could be signals.”

“I mean, the whole cameras and things, that’s not something we can really control,” Milwaukee pitcher Zach Davies told The Athletic. “But when you see guys do certain things out on the field to relay certain signs to hitters, then you know you’ve got to make things a little bit more tricky or complex. It’s definitely something you’re paying attention to.”

Both the Brewers and Dodgers officially declined to comment to The Athletic.

The Dodgers currently lead the series 3-2 heading into Friday night’s Game 6 in Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar and Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado have words during the 10th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado reacts after scoring on a Cody Bellinger walk-off hit during the 13th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 2-1 to tie the series at 2-2.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Manny Machado de los Dodgers de Los Ángeles anota la carrera de la victoria frente al receptor Erik Kratz de los Cerveceros de Milwaukee en el cuarto juego de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Nacional. Los Dodgers ganaron 2-1 tras 13 innings. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill)
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun hits an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger can't catch a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Travis Shaw during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig can't catch a two-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia during the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (66) breaks a bat after striking out during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia celebrates his home run with third base coach Ed Sedar during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner (10) celebrates with manager Dave Roberts (30) after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia (3) celebrates as he runs bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez (14) fields a grounder by Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after retiring the side in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 13: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields the ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning in Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 13, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers licks his bat during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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