Dodgers' Joe Kelly and Dave Roberts suspended by Major League Baseball after Astros incidents

Tanya Simon
July 30, 2020

He will begin serving that tonight by sitting out the game against the Astros. Bregman reacted calmly and took first base.

In the frame, Kelly nailed Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in the back with a 96 miles per hour fastball and took a shot at Correa near his head, which missed because the shortstop hit the ground to avoid contact. While with the Red Sox, Kelly threw down with then-Yankee Tyler Austin, igniting a brawl and breaking the champagne bottle on the "Joe Kelly Fight Club".

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been suspended one game, while Houston manager Dusty Baker was fined.

Given that we're looking at a truncated 60-game season, Kelly's suspension is the equivalent of a 22-game suspension during a normal campaign.

Why did Kelly make those faces?

Tuesday's night incident was perceived as retaliation for the Astros stealing signs illegally in previous seasons. Major League Baseball reworked schedules when the season was compressed to 60 games and the teams suddenly were scheduled to face one another in the new, regular season. "I have to reiterate it to guys, at any cost, to stay on the bench", Roberts said. I think most pitchers are beyond that. I know Joe can be really wild. He's the one throwing the ball.

After the game, Baker said: "When you throw a 3-0 fastball over a guy's head, now you're flirting with ending his career".

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Meanwhile, the Marlins' outbreak has left the Phillies idle for five days, aiming to return to play a doubleheader that could entail 7-inning games and scheduling a new opponent next week.

"It is what it is", Kelly said after the game.

"Sitting at home, watching these guys compete. and all the risks they're going through going out there, in the pit of my stomach I felt I wanted to be out there", Markakis said.

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list.

However Roberts, who won't appeal his one-game ban, sympathized with the lingering frustration of his players over the Astros cheating scandal.

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