Following last night's incident between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly and manager Dave Roberts have each received suspensions from MLB. Kelly's suspension is for eight games, which he will appeal. Robert will serve a one-game suspension during tonight's game at Houston.
Astros' manager Dusty Baker received a fine for the incident.
The hard feelings between Los Angeles and Houston obviously stem from the Astros' sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season. The Astros beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, although there's conflicting evidence on whether the team was stealing signs during the Series.
In last night's game, Kelly - who was not a member of the Dodgers during the 2017 season - threw multiple pitches high and inside at Astros' batters, including one that sailed behind Alex Bregman's head on a 3-0 count. After he struck out Carlos Correa later in the same inning, Kelly and Correa had words for each other, which ultimately resulted in a benches-clearing...incident.
It's not really a fight or a brawl, especially with social distancing in place, but it was an exciting moment in the game. Here's a complete breakdown of everything that happened between Kelly and the Astros.
The actions here seem to warrant a suspension, but eight games might be a little much. Ken Rosenthal pointed out that eight games in a 60-game season is equivalent to 22 games in a 162-game season. That's a little harsh.
Pretty much everyone expected this kind of thing to happen between the Dodgers and Astros, and in a normal year we'd probably get an actual fight. Of course, it'd be nice to have fans in the stadium as well during these tense games, but we'll have to take what we can get.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.