You’ll never believe it, but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was misled this week. I’m not talking about how he allowed Marlins to play during a coronavirus outbreak that finally hit 16 players and two coaches; his knowledge of the league’s COVID testing statistics using a denominator rather than people; or his assertion that this disaster is not considered a “nightmare”.
No, Manfred, perhaps nostalgic for the days when people were just arguing about perhaps the scariest scandal in sports history, remembered the dying rampage of the baseball world at Astros, who cheated on their 2017 championship season.
On Tuesday, for the first time since mistakes were discovered in Houston, the Astros faced the Dodgers, a team they beat in that World Series. LA players spent the winter playing, but during the first five and a half innings, the game remained remarkably civil. Then the right Dodgers player Joe Kelly joined the game.
Kelly didn’t hit the ball through the window of his home this spring, so after the game, he claimed the 3-0 quick ball he started in Alex Bregman’s head was an accident.
“My accuracy isn̵7;t the best,” said Kelly, who yawned after throwing the pitch.
Another hitter, Michael Brantley, bounced the ball first. Kelly, covering the base, encountered Brantley, who was considered safe. Later, Kelly drowned in her purse. “Just climb the mound, m —– f —–!” Exclaimed a voice from the bottom of Houston.
After two percussions, Kelly whistled Carlos Correa on a stick curve in the mud. “Nice swing, b —-!” Kelly shouted, walking up the mound, protruding her tongue and squeezing her face into something like a grimace.
Benches cleaned. Players and coaches have sanded the field, some with a mask, others not. Few of them followed the rules of social isolation. Eventually, without throwing a punch, they returned to their bottom.
On Wednesday, the league announced that Kelly would be suspended for eight games – 22 during the 162-game season. Kelly appealed the ruling. (LA coach Dave Roberts was eliminated from one game; Astra coach Dusty Baker was fined.)
Within minutes, the other players started weighing. It was not noticeable that the Astra players themselves were not completely punished for their fraud; Manfred granted them immunity in exchange for honesty.
“And what do Astra players deserve?” Tweeted Indian righteous Mike Clevinger. “Just snore and walk freely, it still seems confusing, why is everyone angry?”
“MLB protects and protects the team that openly and deliberately tricked their way into the world series,” tweet Mets righteous Marcus Stroman said. “He does not want to be removed from office at all. Hoping he wins his appeal. I look forward to seeing you there, UK! “
“YO FREE JOE KELLY,” tweeted, said Angels judge Keynan Middleton.
Players speak from a place of emotion. You can argue about the length of the hanger, but adults shouldn’t throw 96-mile projectiles at each other with impunity. The real problem with the league penalty is that it fails to solve a bigger problem: You can’t get into someone’s face during a pandemic.
MLB has paid for expectations for this idea in its 113-page user guide. “Fighting and inciting are strictly forbidden,” the text said. “For whatever reason, players must not make physical contact with others unless it is in the normal and permissible course of the game. Violation of these rules will result in strict discipline in line with previous precedent, which will not be reduced or proportionate to the length of the season. “
If Manfred had wanted to send that message on Wednesday, he would have fined every person who left his bottom $ 50,000. This would remove this nonsense and remind players of the real dangers they pose to each other. Instead, we start talking about Astrus again.
Jays loses the home opener away from home
The Toronto Blue Jays, now in Buffalo, NY, played their home opener in Washington, DC on Wednesday. The Canadian government threw the team out of Rogers Center, citing a legitimate desire for Americans not to carry the coronavirus with their bat. bags across the wall, and Triple-A Sahlen Field is not yet ready to accommodate them, so the Jays will play the first two series of their home on the road. Righty Nate Pearson, 2017 Toronto Championship Drama and Baseball America Player No. 7, made his debut, allowing two hits and two walks in five boundless shots. The compatriots won 4-0 in 10 innings.
AL East plays …
Yankai was already in Philadelphia on Monday when the game against Phillies, who had just played for the Marlins, was postponed that night. Tuesday’s game at Citizens Bank Park was also postponed, as were the games between the Yankees and Phillies at Yankee Stadium scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The Orioles also sat idle because they had a face in Miami, so the AL East enemies decided to play against each other.
“We felt like we didn’t want to get rid of it in three or four days,” Yankees dismissal Zack Britton said.
And no one has complained about the prospect facing Baltimore, which has a chance to catch the worst baseball record this year. New York won the first match, 9-3.
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