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Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers’ allegations of stealing signs

NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game One

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 15: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after hitting a double in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game one of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what they’re doing. We know what they do to get it.”

Grandal was referring to the fateful bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 during which the Cubs scored five times and went on to win 8-4. Zobrist led off the inning with a double, bringing Addison Russell to the plate. According to Grandal, “All the sudden, Russell is not taking good swings at sliders, looking like he’s looking for a fastball and in a certain location.” Russell took three sliders to go up 3-0 in the count, took another slider to make it 3-1, swung through a slider to bring the count full, then grounded another slider to third base for the first out of the inning.

The story has been making the rounds and Zobrist caught wind of it. On Twitter, Zobrist wrote with a link to a FOX Sports article about the issue, “This is I was not stealing signs. Glad you think my baseball IQ is that high.”

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