Back in Spring Training, when the sign-theft revelations were new and the wounds were fresh, the Los Angeles Dodgers started pitcher Alex Wood, considering the possibility of retaliation against the Houston Astras this season.
“Someone must have taken it into their own hands,” Wood said, “and they will be more suspended than those who met for the biggest fraud scandal in 100 years.”
Five months later, after an unfathomable set of circumstances, the Dodgers are forced to confront the Astros inside an empty-minute Med Park in Houston, Wood’s teammate succumbs to the brutal irony inflicted in Major League Baseball’s decision , Which was meant to provide immunity to the major culprits. Sign-theft scandal.
Joe Kelly was suspended eight games for his actions in Tuesday’s game, even though he did not hit anyone – with a fist or baseball – and was never ejected. Penalties seem quite harsh when measured in the context of a 60-game season. Eight games is up more than 13% and is equivalent to a 22-game suspension in a 162-game season.
In the last 10 years, no player has had a suspension for more than 20 games, including performance-enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, substance abuse, domestic violence or, in the case of Juan Carlos Ovido, identity fraud Were not tied. .
In punishing Kelly, MLB taunted 3–0, 96 mph volleyball with Alex Bregman (astro manager Dusty Baker sure did it) and Carlos Correa (Baker by Kelly Said, “Good swing, B– -“). MLB referred to the former’s suspension for “intentional throwing,” particularly an incident in April 2018, when Kelly was suspended for six games for sinking and fighting Tyler Austin of the New York Yankees. Put another way: Kelly got two fewer games – nearly three times as long in a season – for an event that provoked far more violence.
The Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly removed Alex Bragman from the plate, and after Kelly edged out Carlos Correa, the two exchange words as the Astros and Dodgers’ bench clarified.
Another major reason was not mentioned in the release of MLB but it was evident to practically everyone. Kelly’s actions were told about this: While players from both teams splitting on the field, without some masks, the Miami Marlins experienced the outbreak of COVID-19 just a day later, many in spider webs Was spread from. As five teams.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was suspended for one game and served it immediately, spoke with league officials Wednesday morning and said they were “not happy” that their 100-plus-page operations Manuel’s strict protocol was originally ignored because of Adaldine. .
“We’re under a microscope,” Roberts said, “which we should be.”
The Dodgers’ biggest source of public anger towards Astro – a departure from the 2017 World Series, as well as a sense of being deceived – was the lack of punishment for players that was clearly a player-driven scheme. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that he needed to offer immunity in exchange for open, honest testimony and that it would be very difficult to punish for offenses under the secrecy of a clubhouse.
But the Dodgers players – and others around the league – were concerned with unfairness in a larger context.
One of his most important bullpen pieces had received such a harsh punishment – reportedly – while reacting to a baseball offense that many others consider “worse than steroids”, perhaps only intensified the Dodgers’ anger.
Kelly, however, is suddenly a folk hero in LA who was spoiled last season for the same erratic pitching that spewed it all up. A popular fan group, Dodgers Nation, has already printed T-shirts celebrating Kelly’s facial miscarriage. The Fox Theater in Bakersfield, California wrote “Thank You Joe Kelly” on its marquee. Players such as Los Angeles Angels reliever Keenan Middleton and New York Mets starter Marcus Strowman voiced His support on social media, Providing further evidence that the rest of the league still views Astro with outrage.
Kelly informed the league on Wednesday afternoon that he would appeal his suspension, but was not needed later that night. Eight other relievers combined to allow an unearned run during 92/3 innings, sweeping the Dodgers in a two-game series.
Edwin Rios, the rookie corner who provided the winning hit with the 13th inning home run, was asked if he got more intensity from his teammates in this series.
“One thousand percent.”