WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- LA pitcher Joe Kelly hurled a pitch toward the head of batter Alex Bregman and ridiculed Carlos Correa, which resulted in a clash with both MLB clubs.
- For the first since the scandal, Dodgers faced Astros, with the latter beating the other during the last series.
- The MLB said that it was not happy with the incident, noting the organization has a social distancing measure in place during the pandemic.
Major League Baseball (MLB) has handed down penalties after conflicts arise between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, the first shade of justice from MLB players that were imposed against the Astros following the cheating incident that shocked baseball during the past offseason.
Joe Kelly was slapped eight-game suspension after throwing pitches near the heads of Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman and then mocking Correa. The manager of Dodgers, Dave Roberts, was also given a one-game suspension, and his Astros counterpart, Dusty Baker, was also penalized.
Kelly confirmed that he would appeal his sanction, which would allow him to stay in the game until his case is heard.
In a statement, MLB’s Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, Chris Young, confirmed Kelly’s suspension for his unwanted actions during a Tuesday night’s game versus the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Young also announced that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts received a one-game suspension, which also stemmed from Kelly’s actions.
Kelly’s sanction had been set to start Wednesday night when the Dodgers will proceed with their games in Houston. However, Kelly has filed an appeal, so the punishment will be put on hold until the procedure is complete. The Dodgers manager will also serve his suspension on Wednesday night.
According to reports, Kelly almost hit Bregman in the sixth inning with a 3-0 pitch close to his head. Kelly then nearly hit Correa with a curveball, but in the end, he smashed Correa out and insulted him after that.
On their way off the playing field, Kelly and Correa had a heated exchange, which made the benches to clear out.
The MLB also explained to Dave Roberts that the organization was disappointed with what happened, especially amidst the outbreak when the league is observing social distancing.
The Astros is to meet the Dodgers again on Wednesday night, and they will be slated for two more games against each other this season on Sept. 12 and 13 in Los Angeles.