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MLB Botches Dodgers-Astros Fallout

Evan Glotzer

Posted on July 29, 2020 22:39

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In one single move, the MLB has basically protected the Astros.

There was no question as to whether a Dodgers pitcher would hit an Astros batter last night. The only two things up for debate were who and when? Well, reliever Joe Kelly answered that question. Twice. He first aimed at perennial MVP candidate Alex Bregman with a 96 MPH fastball. He followed that with another headhunting pitch at shortstop Carlos Correa. In the aftermath of that, Kelly mocked Correa, making a pouty face as he walked back to the bullpen. Benches cleared, and eventually, the Dodgers won 5-2. 

However, what happened after is far more fascinating. Earlier today, the MLB handed down an eight-game suspension to Kelly, along with a one-game suspension to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, and a fine to Astros skipper Dusty Baker. For context, an eight-game suspension in a 60-game season is the equivalent of a 22-game suspension in a normal 162-game season. 

That is ridiculous. The Astros, as has been discovered, cheated their way to one World Series, and almost got another one. That World Series was won against ... the Dodgers, who have not been shy about the fact that they believe but for the Astros' cheating, they would have a ring.

Before COVID-19 usurped every facet of society, the big story going into this season was how many times would Houston batters be hit by vengeful pitchers?

In a morbid sense, they perhaps benefited most from the suspension, because they were no longer the forefront of conversation.

However, it still felt inevitable that once someone saw a Houston batter at the plate, they would go for revenge. That revenge though was woefully over-punished. 

For context, a player exacting revenge for tainting a sport was punished, and yet, the Astros players who cheated are once again absolved of responsibility. Through this suspension, the league has basically told the rest of its teams that the Astros are above rebuke. 

And yet, the league cannot possibly think that this is the end. After all, no sports has the sense of high-noon vigilante justice that baseball does. When your teammate is hit by a pitch, not only are you expected to retaliate but not doing so is almost even more frowned upon. 

Joe Kelley is appealing his suspension, and will hopefully receive a reduction at the very least.

But, regardless, if this is how MLB is going to go about this, the only question left to ask is: how long until an Astros batter gets really hurt?

Evan Glotzer

Posted on July 29, 2020 22:39

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Source: FOX Sports

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