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LaRussa Suggests Brewers Cheat

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches his team's play from the dugout during the first inning of play against the Cincinnati Red
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches his team's play from the dugout during the first inning of play against the Cincinnati Red

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WHBL) - The Brewers have the Majors’ best home record at 40-and-16 – and Saint Louis manager Tony La Russa thinks he knows why. He says the lighted ribbon board around the ballpark between the second-and-third decks shines brighter when the Brewers are batting – and it’s darker when the Cardinals hit, thus making it harder to see the pitches. La Russa filed his complaint with the umpires on Monday night. Crew Chief Gary Darling passed it onto Major League vice president Joe Garagiola Junior, who then talked to Brewers GM Doug Melvin. Melvin denied any cheating – and they didn’t change anything with the lighting in last night’s 11-inning victory by Saint Louis. Darling confirmed La Russa’s complaint but said nothing was changed. Darling said he couldn’t notice any difference in the lighting when the two teams batted. La Russa said the Brewers have heard about this before – but he refused to say anything else publicly about it. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says the idea that the Brewers are cheating at home is quote, “incredulous.” He said he’d know about it if it was happening. When he was with the Angels, Roenicke said he had similar questions about the ballpark at Texas, when the Rangers hit 100 points better at home than on the road. Roenicke says he can’t answer why the Brewers are doing so much better at Miller Park – other than it’s a good hitters’ park, and the players are more comfortable there. The Brewers are hitting .282 at home and .262 on the road – where their record is only 21-and-35.

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