Welcome to Major League Baseball, where cheaters are protected by officials and suspensions don’t make any sense. Dodgers fans took to social media today to react to the suspension for the Athletics’ Ramon Laureano suspension after a benches-clearing incident.
Much like Joe Kelly’s suspension, Laureano got in trouble for going toe-to-toe with the Astros. Unlike Kelly, Laureano charged the dugout and tried to fight an entire team. And yet, MLB decided that he should get a 6-game ban for the incident. The Dodgers’ Kelly is currently fighting an 8-game ban.
Ramon Laureano’s suspension for charging the Astros’ dugout, as @susanslusser said, is for six games.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 11, 2020
As expected, Dodgers fans were none too pleased hearing that Kelly’s suspension was longer. After all, Kelly didn’t hit a single-player and walked away from the incident.
So a player that doesn’t hit a single batter gets suspended for 8 games, but a player that (justifiably) charges a dugout and starts a brawl only gets suspended 5 games? Make it make sense.
— Daniel Palma (@Daniel_Palma96) August 11, 2020
On the flip side of that argument, it is an entirely different situation. Kelly is a pitcher and Laureano is a position player. That means that he would likely be missing six games that he would have been in. Kelly, on the other hand, will likely only be missing 3-4 games that he might have appeared in. Still, Dodgers fans have a right to be upset with the suspension in the first place.
Laureano for 5 games seems about right to me. I don’t like the comparison to 8 for Joe Kelly because it’s ‘everyday player’ against ‘reliever’, but it’s interesting to see what the league office sees as more egregious offenses.
— Daniel Preciado (@DanJPreciado) August 11, 2020
As of now, Joe Kelly’s suspension appeal is still pending. The hearing was supposed to take place on Monday but there has not been an update on that as of now. The Dodgers also placed Kelly on the injured list with a shoulder injury.
The good news is that MLB finally punished the Astros. Hitting coach Alex Cintron was suspended 20 games for his role in the incident. It is the longest suspension for an on-field incident in 15 years.