Joe Kelly was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after giving many baseball fans what they’d be waiting months for — vengeance against the Houston Astros after their cheating scandal engulfed the whole sport for the winter.
It was the Dodgers who lost to those 2017 Astros in the World Series. Even though Kelly wasn’t a Dodger then, he took up the cause of revenge Tuesday night when the Dodgers played in Houston for the first time this season. Kelly threw near the head of Alex Bregman and then taunted Carlos Correa after striking him out, causing the benches to clear.
MLB was none too pleased about any of it — particularly the lack of social distancing when the two teams spilled onto the field on the same day the league had to pause another team’s season because of a coronavirus outbreak. So Kelly got eight games, which is the equivalent of 22 games in a 162-game season. That may seem excessive in those terms, but MLB was definitely trying to send a message.
That message wasn’t quite received by current and former players, many of whom took Kelly’s side in the matter — which also was NOT taking the side of the Astros. This includes everybody from current players such as Marcus Stroman and Mike Clevinger to the likes of Frank Viola and Bert Blyleven.
Here’s some of the reaction:
YO FREE JOE KELLY💯
— La llave🗝 (@since93key) July 29, 2020
Makes zero sense Ken. He wasn’t even thrown out of the game. MLB siding with/protecting a team that openly and knowingly cheated their way to a World Series. He doesn’t deserve to be suspended at all. Hoping he wins his appeal. Looking forward to seeing you back out there JK! pic.twitter.com/Lekx8NHLRp
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) July 29, 2020
And what do the astros players deserve Jon? Just snitch and walk free and still seem confused as to why everyone is mad? https://t.co/Iztyr30NXy
— ❂ Mike 𝕊𝕌ℕ𝕊ℍ𝕀ℕ𝔼 Clevinger ❂ (@Mike_Anthony13) July 29, 2020
😂😂😂 8 games! What a joke.. @mlb is so soft anymore it’s kinda embarrassing.. people should just keep cheating because apparently there is 0 game suspensions for that 😂
— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) July 29, 2020
Joe Kelly can pitch for me anytime!!! Period....He gets it!!! Shame others don’t see it!!!
— Frank J. Viola, Jr. (@FrankViola16) July 29, 2020
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) July 29, 2020
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) July 29, 2020
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