Unless if you have been living under a rock, I am sure you have heard of the Houston Astros version of spygate over the course of this past off-season. Unfortunately, it has left players from organizations such as the LA Dodgers with a sour taste in their mouth that seemingly some just can’t shake. Perhaps that is why it should be no surprise that when the Dodgers traveled to Houston, pitcher Joe Kelly decided to take matters into his own hands.
Look, nobody is defending what the Astros did in terms of “spygate”. Though I personally believe that what they were guilty of was being caught doing the same thing that every other team in the majors tries to do, that doesn’t change the fact that according to the rule book they did have a few infractions.
But, if we are looking at rule books and said infractions, we must understand that vigilantes should not be allowed to run rampant in the sports world. This is why I applaud Major League Baseball for the handling of Joe Kelly and the infractions of which he brought against the rule book. In my honest opinion, even though Kelly has had issues with accuracy at times, it went further than that. Perhaps one could argue that he felt as if he could throw that ball behind Bregmans head the way that he did because he thought that he could use accuracy as an excuse. However, he got in his own way of being able to do this when he then mouthed off at Carlos Correa.
So, what’s the penalty for potentially attempting to harm a batter, and then instigating a bench clearing almost covid era brawl? Well, the MLB is going to hand down an 8 game suspension for Kelly. Is it enough? I don’t know. One could argue that his punishment should be harsher. However, I would imagine that all eyes will be on these two teams as they continue to play head-to-head at a high level, not only for the remainder of this series but any other games they could potentially have later in the year.
So, what do you think? Was this a fitting punishment for the rule infractions brought about by the actions of Joe Kelly? Or, should it have been harsher? Or, is this too much and the MLB should have let it go? I know what my opinion on the matter is, but what do you think? Be sure to let us know in the poll below and feel free to leave comments as well. And as always, If you enjoy the content found on this website then please go ahead and subscribe and stay tuned. Thank you.