Sport Samson: Joe Kelly crossed line by throwing at Alex Bregman's head

00:46  30 july  2020
00:46  30 july  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

Benches clear between Astros, Dodgers in 2017 World Series rematch

  Benches clear between Astros, Dodgers in 2017 World Series rematch Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw up and in at Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. Kelly also barked at Correa, causing both benches to clear.In the sixth inning, with the Dodgers leading 5-2, Joe Kelly threw a 3-0 fastball that sailed over Alex Bregman‘s head to the backstop. Michael Brantley then grounded into what could have been a 3-6-1 double play, but Brantley narrowly beat the throw. As Brantley crossed first base, he stepped on first baseman Max Muncy‘s ankle, reminiscent of former Dodger Manny Machado spiking Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar’s ankle during Game 4 of the 2018 NLCS.

3-0 pitch from Joe Kelly ends up going behind Alex Bregman . pic.twitter.com/q6P8CD5oqj. The Astros were mostly upset about Kelly ’ s pitch to Bregman , which manager Dusty Baker says crossed the line . Dusty Baker: "You don't throw at a guy' s head . That' s playing dirty baseball.''

Kelly threw three consecutive balls to Bregman with none on, one out and the Dodgers leading 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth. The fourth pitch, at 96.4 mph, sailed behind Bregman . Bregman didn't say a word, and Kelly yawned. He later threw four consecutive pitches high to Gurriel, one of them a

It's been well-documented that there's been quite a bit of animosity directed towards the Houston Astros from across Major League Baseball. During the sixth inning of Tuesday's game between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, reliever Joe Kelly had Astros third baseman in a 3-0 count and ended up throwing a pitch over Bregman's head. Later in the inning, Kelly taunted Carlos Correa after striking him out struck out and both benches cleared.

Dodgers' Kelly banned for eight games for Astros fireworks

  Dodgers' Kelly banned for eight games for Astros fireworks Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was slapped with an eight-game ban by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after his fiery display against the Houston Astros. Kelly triggered a bench-clearing confrontation during the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Astros on Tuesday in the first meeting between the two teams since Houston were punished for their 2017 sign-stealing scandal. A statement from Major League Baseball said Kelly had aimed a pitch near Astros shortstop Alex Bregman's helmet, and later taunted Carlos Correa after striking the Houston slugger out in the sixth inning.

He threw a 96 MPH fastball at Alex Bregman ' s head . And, mocked several players from the mound. He also struck out Carlos Correa and shouted For their part, Kelly and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts both said there wasn't any intent behind the pitches. But, with Correa and Bregman being the

Alex Bregman had worked a 3-0 count against Dodgers right-hander Joe Kelly . The scene didn’t scream tension. But Kelly abruptly reminded the Back then, way back in February, the Dodgers reported to spring training fuming. They wanted to loudly make the point that the Astros crossed the

Joe Kelly wearing a baseball uniform throwing a ball © Provided by CBS Sports

During Wednesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson admitted that it was fine for Kelly to want to hit Bregman in the back, but believes Kelly crossed the line when he threw at Bregman's head.

"You want to hit Bregman? All right, you hit him between the numbers," Samson said. "Don't you dare throw at his head, don't you do it. You think I'm being personal? I've seen a player get hit in the head. I've seen what happens when a player gets hit in the face up close and personal. You think that garbage cans and World Series rings are worth someone's jaw, teeth, mouth, brain, and eyes? You ought to be ashamed of yourself."

Samson believes that there isn't a scenario in which it's acceptable for a pitcher to throw at the head of an opposing player. He called for a five-game suspension for Kelly surrounding the decision to throw at Bregman's head.

The two teams will face off one more time on Wednesday and then don't play one another until September.

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How Can We Talk About Baseball?This is obviously a storyline to watch. One of the first opportunities to do so came Tuesday as the Astros played a tuneup game against the Kansas City Royals. In the second inning, KC's Jorge Lopez hit Altuve and Bregman in back-to-back at-bats -— damning evidence of vigilante justice if the pesky facts are ignored.

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