The New York Yankees need to find a different way to get revenge on the Houston Astros after the cheating scandal that led to the Bombers being knocked out of the ALCS in 2019. It also resulted in the Astros winning a World Series in 2017, but for whatever reason, commissioner Rob Manfred was not willing to punish them adequately.
For being honest and working with the league, they were able to retain their World Series title and avoid suspensions for the players. Los Angeles Dodgers reliever, Joe Kelly, was out for revenge two nights ago. He began by throwing at Alex Bregman’s head, which he had no response for. Next up, Carlos Correa, who was nearly hit in the head by a 96 MPH fastball. Kelly can be erratic at times, but two consecutive batters facing baseballs to their skull is not an accident. Kelly was out for blood, more so than Manfred was during the consequence talks.
Joe Kelly vs. the Astros last night. pic.twitter.com/704pdz5USr
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 29, 2020
Kelly was also keen to verbally abuse Correa as he stated, “nice swing, bi-ch.” This was the final straw for the Astro, who began walking toward Kelly and firing insults back. Both benches cleared and began to meet in a more hostile manner. Luckily, nothing more broke out, but it certainly was against the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Dusty Baker said Joe Kelly told Carlos Correa "nice swing, bitch" following the strikeout.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 29, 2020
The League is still angry:
Other players around the league chimed in and stated that Kelly was right for throwing at them. Considering the Astros players got away with murder and were still able to retain their championship, the situation only angered people around the league. One of them was New York Mets pitcher, Marcus Stroman, who believed Joe’s moves are justified.
Marcus Stroman isn't happy with Joe Kelly’s suspension pic.twitter.com/a9TFxXcqqo
— FanSided (@FanSided) July 30, 2020
Some believed that Joe Kelly’s suspension, which was eight games, was deserved. That is the ridiculous part of it all, Kelly was actually suspended eight games, and none of the Astros players received even one. What does this say about the MLB? You can undoubtedly cheat and get away with it, but the second you try to punish someone for it, you deserve a suspension.
The New York Yankees could very well take their shots at Houston this year, but I imagine letting someone else do the job is the right move. Staying composed and not drawing any unnecessary attention is the Yankee way, and I don’t believe they will make any hostile threats toward the belittled opponent.
Joe Kelly earned every bit of that 8-game suspension. The ball was too close to Bregman’s head. Kelly wasn’t even on the 2017 Dodgers.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 29, 2020