Dodgers' Kelly suspended for 8 games for throwing at Astros
Aug 01 2020
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been suspended one game, while Houston manager Dusty Baker was fined. If upheld, the punishment will cost the pitcher close to $400,000 and 13% of the season in the truncated 60-game schedule.
So when Kelly was given a three-run lead against Houston on Tuesday night, he wanted to make a statement toward two of the Astros best players.
Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles' expense.
Kelly, who threw a fastball behind Alex Bregman's head and later taunted Carlos Correa on the way back to the dugout, will appeal his suspension.
There were two outs in the inning when Kelly threw an errant breaking ball over Correa's head.
"No. When I was with the Pink Sox we conquer them in '18", he reported.
"I really don't know, to be quite honest", he said. "It's one particular of these issues that I pitch competitively". "I know he received behind Bregman 3- and shed a fastball". I really don't think there was intent behind that.
According to CBS Sports, LA Dodgers players are planning to wear a shirt with a particular expression Joe Kelly made during the game. Major League Baseball also referenced prior suspensions for "intentional throwing", specifically an incident in April 2018, when Kelly was suspended six games for plunking and fighting New York Yankees infielder Tyler Austin.
"Balls get away sometimes but not that many in the big leagues", Houston manager Dusty Baker told The Associated Press.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Dodgers skipper Roberts said he would warn his players not to leave the bench again, emphasizing the potential risks of confrontations in the era of COVID-19.
As a result, the league fined the organization $5 million, stripped them of draft picks and suspended then-GM Jeff Luhnow and then-manager AJ Hinch. In January, Major League Baseball confirmed a sign-stealing scheme that featured center field cameras and banging trash cans.
"Sitting at home, watching these guys compete. and all the risks they're going through going out there, in the pit of my stomach I felt I wanted to be out there", Markakis said.