The baseball world is furious tonight, and rightly so.
The story begins back in 2017, when the Houston Astros went to great lengths to steal signs from other teams and relay them back to their batters – sometimes via high tech wearables and other over-the-top nonsense.
The MLB and the American people didn’t learn of this until the most recent off-season, and the Astros were fully expected to be playing with a target on their backs this year. Then, when the team committed only to the absolute bare minimum of an apology…well then it was all over. The Astros players would not be fair game for pitchers and other players alike.
Joe Kelly of the Dodgers got this revenge party started last night.
Joe Kelly vs. the Astros last night. pic.twitter.com/704pdz5USr
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 29, 2020
Despite not being ejected from the game, Kelly found himself in some serious trouble with the MLB.
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended by Major League Baseball for eight games on Wednesday after he intentionally threw at Houston Astros players Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa.
During the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, benches cleared after Kelly’s actions. It was the first game between the two clubs since the Astros were accused of stealing signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended for one game, and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play until the process is complete. Roberts was to serve his suspension Wednesday when the Dodgers played at Houston. Kelly, a hard thrower with a touch of wildness, has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
And while the league heads were busy protecting the cheating Astros from their much-deserved retribution, the legend of Joe Kelly grow another chapter longer today.