One of the best parts of the Astros series has been seeing the analysts going off. The Dodgers’ Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston did just that in the wake of the Joe Kelly suspension.
On SportsNet LA ahead of Wednesday’s game, the two analysts absolutely went off on MLB. The two formers Dodgers could not believe that Kelly had received such a ridiculous punishment for his part in Tuesday’s incident.
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I couldn’t really tell you which guy was angrier, but Jerry Hairston really went off on the league. The former Dodgers utilityman attacked the punishment of the Astros for their cheating scandal in comparison to Kelly’s punishment.
The players got immunity for it. They didn’t get suspended one game, and Joe Kelly has a ball get away from him, doesn’t even hit anybody, and he gets suspended the equivalent, in a 60-game season to 22 games in a 162 game season. That is a joke, a flat out travesty. I cannot believe the state of our game right now. It’s unbelievable.
Hairston certainly isn’t alone in that sentiment. Dodgers fans and baseball fans all around the country took to social media to voice their displeasure with the sort of double standard set by the league. The fact the Kelly didn’t even hit Bregman only makes it worse.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his suspension on Wednesday night, but Kelly has decided to appeal his 8 games. He is available to play until the league can make a decision on that appeal.
Next Up for the Dodgers
The Dodgers will head to Arizona for a four-game series with the Diamondbacks. After that, they travel down to San Diego before heading back home again.