In a season filled with precautions due to a pandemic, you would think breaking health rules would warrant suspensions. At the very least, some sort of punishment would be expected. That, however, was not the case with the Astros and Dodgers incident. The Astros very clearly broke health and safety regulations mandated by Major League Baseball and their punishment? A fine to manager Dusty Baker.
Kelly Speaks Out
Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly talked about his suspension on the Big Swing Podcast with Cooper Surles and Ross Stripling. Kelly blasted the Astros for letting emotions get the best of them, and for coming into close contact with players as a result.
I didn’t have an altercation! They had the altercation. I cussed, so did their manager, I walked away, they walked towards me, so where is the altercation there? I want to know what they’re actually thinking because what they’re doing right now, there’s literally no thinking involved.
When Kelly walked off of the field after striking out Carlos Correa, there was a back and forth. Correa and the Astros came out onto the field and advanced towards the Dodgers dugout. Kelly, knowing what the protocols were, stayed on his side of the field. Correa proceeded to keep walking towards the dugout and even spit during the confrontation, both things that are not allowed according to baseball’s new policy.
You don’t tell my teammate to shut the [expletive] up and then spit at us during a pandemic, that ain’t right. He’s not looking out for the health of anybody doing that. He’s going to get his own teammates sick doing that if he had the corona[virus]. It could get us sick, that’s just not right. So I will always not respect them that way.
Kelly was initially issued an 8 game suspension for his part in the fracas. After his appeal to MLB, that was then cut down to 5 games. The Dodgers had placed Kelly on the injured list prior to that, so he will start serving as soon as he is activated.