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Dodgers News: The MLB World Reacts to the Joe Kelly Incident with Fernando Tatis Jr

On Friday night, Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly made headlines with a couple of wayward pitches that got a little too close for comfort for Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis wasn’t hit by any pitches, but two throws did come up and in enough to hit the knob of his bat and knock it out of his hand. On the second one, he actually dramatically fell to the ground to get out of the way of the pitch.

The incident made headlines online and elicited some strong reactions on social media.

One viral post speaking out against Kelly was YouTube personality Fuzzy who insisted the Dodger pitcher crossed a line. Fuzzy’s issues seem to stem more from the words Kelly uttered after striking Tatis out. Some agreed with him, others did not.

User TopGunn3 questioned why Kelly said what he said and put some of the blame onto Tatis for possibly overreacting to the up and in pitch.

There were also some calls for a Joe Kelly suspension, something the pitcher is plenty familiar with over the years.

There was a rumor circulating on social media that MLB was looking into the incident and weighing whether or not to issue a suspension, but that rumor isn’t confirmed. MLB is no doubt looking at it, but a suspension doesn’t seem likely.

One concern for Dodgers fans was raised by user Unlucky Don who wonders if an LA hitter will now wear one because the Padres wouldn’t be able to drill Kelly.

Saturday night’s game could come with some fireworks.

Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Pasillas

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One Comment

  1. When players continue to disrespect the game(Tatis, Machado, Soto, etc…) with their clown antics then you reap what you sow. Don’t whine when you are taught some respect for the game.

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