MLB is going to continue to prove that it is one of the worst run professional leagues in the United States. In the wake of the Dodgers and Astros benches-clearing incident on Tuesday, Dave Roberts and Joe Kelly have been suspended.
Kelly received an eight games suspension for his part in throwing at Alex Bregman as well as taunting Carlos Correa. In a very short season, that amounts to the equivalent of a 22-game suspension for the Dodger’ reliever.
The eight-game suspension for Joe Kelly in a 60-game season is the equivalent of a 22-game suspension in a 162-game season. Seems…harsh.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2020
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will receive a one-game ban handed down by MLB. He will begin serving that tonight by sitting out the game against the Astros. Bench coach Bob Geren will serve as the manager for tonight’s game in Houston.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has received an eight-game suspension for his actions in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Kelly, who has previously been suspended in his career for intentional throwing, threw a pitch in the area of the head of Alex Bregman and layer taunted Carlos Correa, which led to the benches clearing.
While Roberts has accepted the suspension, Kelly has decided that he will appeal the decision. Players are allowed to play games if their suspension has been appealed, per league policy. The Dodgers thus would be able to utilize him in the game tonight.
The announcement comes just hours after Dave Roberts talked about possible suspensions and fines for the skirmish. Roberts felt that the league was very upset and was not sure if those suspensions were coming. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined for the incident, and no players were suspended from Houston.
More to come on this as news continues to drop.