Dodgers pitcher and manager suspended by MLB after bench clearing incident against the Astros.
Major League Baseball sent a strong message to the rest of the league in regard to any other teams seeking any type of revenge towards the Houston Astros for the 2017 cheating scandal that was revealed this past off-season by a former Astros pitcher who is currently with the Oakland A’s.
Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended for eight games and manager Dave Roberts will miss one game after the fracas that took place on Tuesday inside of Minute Maid Park during the Dodgers 5-2 victory over Houston Tuesday night. Astros manager Dusty Baker was only fined and will not miss any games.
During the bottom of the sixth inning, Kelly threw a 3-0 fastball at the head of Houston’s third baseman Alex Bregman.
Two batters later he threw at the head of shortstop Carlos Correa who was very vocal towards L.A. during Spring Training in response to several Dodgers players including 2019 National League MVP, Cody Bellinger. Kelly would strike out Correa and shouted an expletive towards him and went back and forth with the Astros dugout. That caused the benches and bullpen to clear as both teams exchanged words with no punches thrown.
On Wednesday Major League Baseball released an official statement concerning the incident and handed out suspensions and fines:
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 later taunted Carlos Correa, which led to the benches clearing.
Chris Young, Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, made the announcement. In addition, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has received a one-game suspension as a result of Kelly’s actions.
Kelly’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Dodgers will continue their series in Houston. However, Kelly has elected to appeal. Thus, the discipline will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. Roberts will serve his suspension tonight. Astros manager Dusty Baker also received a fine as a part of the incident between the two Clubs.
The former Red Sox pitcher Kelly will appeal his suspension and will be allowed to stay with the club as that appeal is being heard.
Houston and L.A. will close out their series Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.