Los Angeles Dodgers ’Joe Kelly received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Wednesday for his role against the bench clearing at Houston’s Minute Maid Park on Tuesday evening.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was issued a one-game suspension and Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined, the MLB announced.
Under the 60-game format, an eight-game suspension represents more than 13% of the schedule.
Kelly, who threw a fastball behind Alex Bregman’s head and later met Carlos Correa on the way back to the digout, will appeal his suspension. MLB, when it came to its conclusion, mentioned that Kelly had previously been suspended for “intentional throwing” on the hitter. Kelly was suspended for six games in April 2018 after hitting Tyler Austin from the Yankees.
Roberts will serve his suspension during Wednesday’s series finale in Houston, forcing bench coach Bob Geren to act as the interim manager.
Kelly dismissed the intention after the Dodgers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday and said: “My accuracy is not the best.” After her 3-0 fastball, a 96 mph fastball after Bregman, Kelly also threw four high pitchers at first Astros baseman Yuli Gurriel and then brushed Correa back with a couple of curveballs inside.
After hitting Correa outside, Kelly made a soft dumb face toward Correa on his way back to the digout. Baker said Kelly also shouted, “beautiful swing, b —-.”
Speaking Wednesday, Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. had no doubts about Kelly’s intention.
“Joe Kelly threw a ball behind Bregman’s header in the 3-0 when a goal,” McCullers said. “Not only did he take it upon himself to send a message, but he wasn’t even part of the team during that  season. We knew in the game that he likes to go to the script. That’s what it is. This was done in an unprofessional manner. What he did after kicking Correa was unprofessional. Leadership in the digout was unprofessional. So that’s what it is. We are here to play baseball. We just have to win. That’s it. “
The Astros defeated the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, a controversial league due to the Houston signal theft scandal.