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Joe Kelly Speaks Out on The Big Swing with Strip and Coop

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher, Joe Kelly, opens up for the first time about the incident during the Houston road series, the Astros' cheating scandal, and more.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Joe Kelly is finally breaking his silence regarding his suspension, and more, in the most recent episode of The Big Swing, hosted by Cooper Surles and fellow teammate Ross Stripling.

Kelly was not short of words, and opinions, about the MLB’s handling of the bench-clearing incident that occurred during the Dodgers’ road trip in Houston. In fact, he had plenty to say about the MLB’s current handlings of the entire season, and the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal from 2017.

“Everything [the MLB] has done is a complete joke, to me,” he said during the podcast referencing a number of mishandlings during this season.

For those of you who are unaware, Joe Kelly was facing an 8-game suspension for a bench-clearing incident that happened during game one of the Dodgers’ road series in Houston. Kelly made the decision to appeal the punishment, and the MLB has now reduced it to five games. Kelly's suspension will begin Wednesday, August 12 with the home game against the San Diego Padres

“In real-time, you punch out [Carlos] Correa, the inning is over, you make the face which is one the funnier things I’ve seen on a baseball field,” Stripling recalled, “what do you remember?”

“What I remember is pretty much everything,” said Kelly.

During the first game between the Dodgers and Astors since the 2017 World Series, Kelly came in as a reliever in the top of the sixth inning with his team up 5-2. Astros’ Alex Bregman came up to bat, and after getting ahead in the count 3-0 was almost nailed by a wild pitch thrown by Kelly for a ball four.

With the tension rising, Correa was up to the plate. He subsequently was almost hit by a high fastball causing looks to be exchanged between the two.

Kelly eventually struck out Correa to end the inning. It was then that some choice words, and now infamous faces, were exchanged leading the Astros bench to approach the Dodgers’ dugout.

“I went out, and did my job,” Kelly explained, “Came out with an 8-game suspension. Which blows my mind, still.”

Kelly went on to add that the MLB cited to him that the reason for the suspension was for his

apparent creation of an event that they are trying to stay away from during a pandemic.

“Apparently my words, again, and my cute face that I made enticed an entire team to come out of their dugout. Which is complete b*llsh*t,” he said.

He went on saying that he followed all the guidelines of socially distancing by walking and staying away. In fact, he pointed out that it was the Astros that didn’t because they walked toward the Dodgers’ dugout.

“I mean Carlos Correa f*ck*ng spit at our team. He spits out of his mouth. [...] And I get 8-games.” He finished, as he also noted that his fine is quadruple that of his fine for the Boston brawl.

The podcast took a turn from talking about his suspension to the Astros cheating scandal from 2017, to which Kelly had some very passionate words as well.

To hear all of what Kelly had to say, and more, tune in to The Big Swing with Strip and Coop. The episode is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

The Big Swing with Strip and Coop is a Jam Street Media production with new episodes premiering every Wednesday.

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