That Los Angeles Dodgers predicted not to be happy with the length Joe KellyThe suspension, an eight-match sentence was imposed after an erratic Kelly pitch and demonstrative mockery sparked a bench cleansing situation at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was suspended for Wednesday’s final series fight Houston Astros, calling it “too aggressive” and saying he “fully” agreed with Kelly’s decision to appeal. Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock said he believed it was “very, very hard.”
“I don’t think anyone is too happy about that,” Pollock said. “That’s not our call; this is clearly the commissioner’s call. But I don’t think anyone is too happy about it. I just feel it’s not a good feeling in the end.”
Kelly threw a 3-0, 96 mph fastball behind the head of Astros’s third baseman Alex Bregman with one and none at the bottom of the sixth. Then in the innings, he threw two curved balls that brushed back Carlos Correa. After surprising him, Kelly made a sullen face at Correa and shared a few selected words with the Astros shortstop, pushing the two benches to clear.
Suspension of eight matches will take 13% of season 60 matches, which is equivalent to a suspension of 22 matches under season 162 matches in general. Over the past 10 years, no player has received a suspension of more than 20 matches due to violations not related to performance-enhancing drugs, drugs, drug abuse, domestic violence or, in the case of Juan Carlos Oviedo, identity fraud.
“I think it was a combo, a mixed bag, which caused the rigors of the suspension,” Roberts said.
The reasons include: a bitter relationship between the Dodgers and Astros after the Astros-stealing scandal; The previous suspension was Kelly, when he pulled in six matches for hitting New York Yankees infielder Tyler Austin in 2018, caused a commotion; The National League-record 1,048 was hit by the field in 2019; and the state of the coronavirus pandemic, which has attacked Miami Marlins‘clubhouse.
“There are a lot of people who are upset about the weight,” Roberts said, noting that Kelly never admitted throwing Bregman on purpose.
“When pitchers are on a mound, things happen,” Pollock said. “Nobody got hit. And I think they are trying to find some intention and that is a very difficult thing to find. This game has been polished by itself for years. You hope all the teams are treated the same. I don’t know if [MLB commissioner Rob Manfred] doing that.
“For me personally – most of the baseball players are really baseball players, they will say it’s outrageous. It was just me who came from the place of the game. It didn’t seem right to me, and especially with what happened to the Astros.
“There is no suspension on that part, so I don’t know. That’s just weird. I don’t think anyone is too happy about it. We hope that [the suspension] reduced significantly because I think eight matches in season 60 were quite outrageous. “
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