The Los Angeles Dodgers organization, predictably, is irritated by Kelly's suspension and many think it's too harsh.
"That's just, for me, too aggressive", said Roberts, who on Wednesday served a one-game suspension as a result of the incident, during a Zoom call Thursday. Current and former Major League pitchers spoke out on Twitter and it seems like the consensus is they agree it was a bad suspension and that it's ridiculous when you consider no Astros players had been punished for their roles in the cheating scandal that started this whole thing.
"I don't think anyone's too happy about it", Pollock said.
"You hope that teams are all being treated equally", Pollock said.
MLB's actions last winter also made a wide swath of fans (and injured Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman) angry, and that's why they both loved Kelly's actions Tuesday (he said after the game that his 3-0 pitch behind Bregman and his curveball near Correa's head weren't intentional) and hated the decision by MLB vice president Chris Young, a former big league pitcher, to suspend Kelly. At one point, Pollock turned his ire toward MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
"For me personally, most baseball guys that are true baseball guys would say that's outrageous". "I don't know if he's doing that". Bregman did not react and simply walked while Kelly did a telling yawn. "It plays to his advantage as well, the effective wildness. We're hoping that [the suspension] gets significantly reduced because I think eight games in a 60-game season is pretty outrageous". But Roberts' pleas fell on deaf ears.
"In their opinion, he was throwing at a hitter", Roberts said. It got away. It's part of the game. "But in their opinion, they felt different". The right-hander drove from the club's alternate training site at USC to join the team in Phoenix ... "Extrapolating over the course of 162, it's 22 games for a relief pitcher". In the fifth, he roped a double even farther, bouncing it off the 407-foot wall in straight away center field. In the second, he took second on a routine line drive into right, dancing around a tag on his way to the bag.