January 16, 2021

Dodgers’ Joe Kelly has suspension reduced to five games on appeal (ESPN)

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston Astros hitters reduced to five games on appeal, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Kelly was penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, one day after his erratic pitches and demonstrative taunts sparked a benches-clearing situation at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The game marked the first time that the Dodgers and Astros had met since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title that came at the Dodgers’ expense.

Kelly threw a 3-0, 96 mph fastball behind the head of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman with one out and none on in the sixth. Later in the inning, he threw two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa. After striking out Correa, Kelly made pouty faces at Correa and shared some choice words with the Astros’ shortstop, prompting both benches to clear.

The MLB Players Association said Wednesday night that it was dismayed by the length of Kelly’s ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union…

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