Maddon: Cubs not capable of swiping signs

Maddon: Cubs not capable of swiping signs

LOS ANGELES -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon laughed on Tuesday at allegations by the Dodgers that the Cubs are stealing signs. Catcher Yasmani Grandal said that he felt Chicago's Ben Zobrist was able to tell what the Dodgers were doing and tipped off Addison Russell, which prompted several mound visits in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

"It's pretty funny," said Maddon, whose Cubs trail 2-1 in the series after dropping a 6-0 decision in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium. "We're not into the 'Algebra III' or trigonometry stage yet. We're pretty much still in new math. I don't think our guys are capable of stealing signs.

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"I really appreciate the compliment, we all do," Maddon said. "The seed of doubt is one of the most significant tools you can incorporate against your opposition, but full disclosure, we're not doing it."

Zobrist also thought the accusations were laughable and responded on Twitter: "This is hilarious ... umm ... no I was not stealing signs. Glad you think my baseball IQ is that high."

Maddon isn't even comfortable with the concept.

"What you have to be aware of is, if you're going to relay [a sign], the guy at second base has to be 100 percent certain, or you could get somebody hurt at the plate," Maddon said. "You have to have a guy who has been around a bit and has done it before successfully at different levels. I wish we were good at it."

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• Maddon was still smiling on Tuesday about Aroldis Chapman's invitation to join some of the Latin American players in the back of the plane on the charter flight to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

"It was a 20-minute giggle fest," Maddon said. "We talked and laughed and saluted each other. Everybody's in good shape, let's go. It was a real happy moment."

One message that Maddon made sure the relievers received going into the postseason was that they had to be ready at any time. He's tested that with Chapman by bringing him in with runners on base in both the Division Series and the NLCS.

"They all know it's all hands on deck," Maddon said.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.