You never believe that, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred went wrong this week. I’m not talking about how he allowed the Marlins to play in a coronavirus outbreak that eventually affected 16 players and two coaches; statistics of his COVID league testing using a sample, not people as the denominator; or his claim that the disaster does not qualify as a “nightmare”.
No, Manfred, perhaps nostalgic for the days when people were just arguing about perhaps the worst scandal in the history of the sport, they rely on the dying coals of world baseball wrath in Astros, who cheated their 2017 championship season.
On Tuesday, for the first time since the Houston scams broke out, Astros faced the Dodgers, the team they beat in the World Series. The LA players spent the winter feeding, but the game remained remarkably civil during the first five and a half innings. Then Dodgers righty Joe Kelly came into play.
This spring, Kelly threw the ball out the window in his house, so after the match he insisted that the 3-0 quick ball he shot at Alex Bregman̵7;s head was an accident.
“My accuracy isn’t the best,” said Kelly, who yawned after throwing the court.
Another hitter, Michael Brantley, bounced the ball first. Kelly, covering the base, collided with Brantley, who was considered safe. Then Kelly covered her bag. “Just go up the hill, m —– f —–!” shouted a voice from the groves of Houston.
Two trips later, Kelly blamed Carlos Correa on his knee in the dirt. “Nice swing, b —-!” Kelly shouted as he walked down the hill, shooting his tongue and twisting his face into something like a smirk.
The benches have been cleaned. Players and coaches twisted on the field, some disguised, some not. Few followed the rules of social distance. Eventually, they struck without throwing and returned to the excavations.
On Wednesday, the league announced that Kelly would be suspended for eight games – which would be 22 in game season 162. Kelly appealed the decision. (LA manager Dave Roberts was suspended for one game; Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined.)
Within minutes, other players began to weigh themselves. No one realized that the Astros players themselves were not punished at all for their cheating; Manfred granted them immunity in exchange for honesty.
“And what do Astros players deserve?” tweeted Indians fair Mike Clevinger. “Just deny and walk freely and you still look confused, why is everyone upset?”
“MLB sidings with / protect a team that openly and consciously cheated their way into the world series,” tweeted Mets fair Marcus Stroman. “He doesn’t deserve to be interrupted at all.” Hoping to win his challenge. We look forward to meeting you, JK! “
“YO FREE JOE KELLY,” Angels Righty Keynan Middleton tweeted.
Players speak from a place of emotion. You can argue about the length of the suspension, but adults should not throw one projectile at another with impunity. The real problem with league punishment is that it doesn’t solve a bigger problem: You can’t get in someone else’s face during a pandemic.
MLB served this idea in its 113-page operations manual. “Fighting and fighting are strictly forbidden,” the text reads. “Players may not, for any reason, physically communicate with others unless in normal and permitted play. Violation of these rules will result in strict discipline that is in line with previous precedent, and this discipline must not be reduced or divided according to the length of the season. ‘ “
If Manfred wanted to send this message on Wednesday, he would be punished for anyone who left his $ 50,000 excavation. This would end this nonsense and remind players of the real dangers they pose to each other. Instead, we return to the Astros.
Jays Lose in Home Opener Away from Home
The Toronto Blue Jays – now from Buffalo, New York – played Wednesday in Washington, D.C. in Washington, D.C. The Canadian government kicked a team out of Rogers Center, citing a legitimate desire to let Americans pull the coronavirus along with their bat. bags across the border and Triple-A Sahlen Field is not yet ready to place them, so the Jays will play the first two home series on the road. Righty Nate Pearson, Toronto’s first winning streak in 2017 and Baseball America prospect no. 7, debuted and allowed two hits and two walks in five frameless frames. The Nationals won 4-0 in 10 innings.
AL East plays on …
The Yankees were already in Philadelphia on Monday when this night’s game against the Phillies, who were just playing the Marlins, was postponed. Tuesday’s game at Citizens Bank Park was also postponed, as were games scheduled between the Yankees and Phillies at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday. The Orioli also sat idle, because of Miami’s face, so the AL East enemies decided to play each other.
“We felt like we didn’t want three or four days off,” said Yankees relief Zack Britton.
And no one has complained about the prospects facing Baltimore, which has a chance to set the worst record in baseball this year. New York won the first game, 9-3.
… With some crucial advice in mind
That’s a good tweet.