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Rob Mansfeld just chose to wear another one, showing his soft spot for the Houston Astros. The admitted cheaters went unpunished for their literal integrity breaking actions. Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended eight games for ALMOST hitting them.
Jeff Passan reports that flamethrowing reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games after throwing behind both Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman. His manager, Dave Roberts, will also serve a one-game suspension.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games. In announcing it, MLB referred to Kelly’s past history with intentional throwing, the fastball that buzzed Alex Bregman and his taunting of Carlos Correa.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2020
Eight games in a 60-game-season is the equivalent of a 22 game(!) suspension in the average season. Manfred and his pathetic attempt to protect players that deliberately wiped the floor with the game’s integrity is beyond frustrating.
We can fully expect Kelly to appeal such an egregious ruling from a commissioner that further resembles the NFL’s Roger Goodell by the day.
Now, no one is going to feel sorry for Joe Kelly as he’s slated to make north of $30 million by 2022, but he didn’t display behavior that warrants punishment. The principal of Major League Baseball was embarrassed that Kelly retaliated brilliantly without hitting a single batter.
He was the nation’s hero for a night and baseball didn’t want to admit that Kelly outsmarted the league’s warning. A true shame for justice in this league.
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We can all admit Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman came off like two clueless nincompoops this offseason that clearly warranted further punishment, so this decision by Manfred to defend habitual cheaters throws gas on the fire.
The Dodgers face off with the Astros tonight at 7:10, so we’ll see if the Dodgers defend their hard throwing reliever with further retaliation.