The suspension of the Dodgers Joe Kelly is something that will be discussed for the rest of the year. MLB decided that Kelly had intentionally thrown at Astros hitters resulting in an initial 8-game suspension. That was later knocked down to just 5 after a very long appeal process.
That conversation was reignited today when the Rangers’ pitcher Ian Gibaut was suspended 3 games for throwing behind Manny Machado. The pitch was pretty clearly intentional, coming after Fernando Tatis Jr hit a grand slam while the Padres were up big. Tatis had also apparently been given the take sign in the at-bat.
Rangers pitcher Ian Gibaut has received a 3-game suspension intentionally throwing at Manny Machado on Monday following Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam. Rangers manager Chris Woodward also gets a 1-game suspension. Gibaut has elected to appeal his suspension.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 18, 2020
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the Gibaut suspension and if he thought it was fair. Referencing Joe Kelly’s suspensions, Roberts did not think it made a whole lot of sense.
Dave Roberts said that it doesn't make sense that the Rangers pitcher who threw behind Machado got less games than Joe Kelly.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) August 18, 2020
Roberts did later clarify that if MLB viewed Kelly as a repeat offender, then it would make sense that Gibaut only got 3 games. Still, it seems interesting that the league would treat such identical acts so differently. Dodgers fans would certainly like a little bit of an explanation. Gibaut does plan to appeal the suspension.
After the game between the Rangers and Padres, Texas manager Chris Woodward had some harsh words for Fernando Tatis. He was not a big fan of Tatis taking a swing on a 3-0 count and putting the Padres up by even more runs. There was a sense on both sides that Tatis had broken an unwritten rule. Some rules are just meant to be broken.