Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended for eight games on Wednesday for pitching and mocking the Houston Astros players.
Fans and even some players have expressed outrage over the league’s decision to suspend Kelly. Many saw Kelly’s throws against Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa as retaliation for the Astros’ cheating scandal during the 2017 season. No active Astros player has been suspended for the scandal.
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It should be noted that Kelly was with the Boston Red Sox during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Red Sox beat the Astros in the 2018 American League Championship Series on their way to their own World Series title. Boston has also been penalized for its own cheat scheme this season.
Either way, emotions were running high on Twitter.
The benches would empty in Los Angeles’ 5-2 win over Houston on Tuesday night thanks to shots thrown by Joe Kelly of the Dodgers at the Astros hitters.
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Kelly rocked the heads of Bregman and Correa in the sixth round. He threw behind Bregman to cause a march and his pitch to Correa was over his head. Kelly, however, denied having deliberately thrown over the Astros’ head.
” No. When I was with the Red Sox, we beat them in ’18, ”he said. “It’s one of those things that I throw in competition. Without fans here it’s easy to hear stuff (from the opposing dugout)… there’s something they apparently didn’t take too much of nicely.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who has been suspended for one game, was also uncertain.
“I really don’t know, to be completely honest,” he says. “I know he fell behind Bregman 3-0 and lost a fastball. I really don’t think there was any intention behind it. I think these guys were a little offended. Even Correa’s who was a brittle bullet that just backed off.
Astros director Dusty Baker said Kelly was tweeting Correa, but nothing was said to provoke the pitcher.
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“What really made everyone angry… was when he said, ‘Nice swing b – h,’” Baker said. “What are you supposed to do then?”
Baker added: “We didn’t say anything. We don’t start anything. But we don’t take anything either.
Kelly chose to appeal the suspension.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.