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Outside The Confines: Joe Kelly’s suspension creates shockwaves

The reliever’s eight-game suspension rankled many observers.

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If the first part of this week was dominated in discussion of the Marlins COVID outbreak, the latter part of the week was all about Joe Kelly and the suspension that came as a result of his on field antics against the Houston Astros.

Kelly received an eight-game suspension for throwing behind Alex Bregman and for making comments towards the Astros dugout. For many, this seemed like an unfair punishment as the Dodgers were probably the team most likely to take a little revenge on their 2017 World Series rivals (and noted cheaters) the Astros.

Some tried to compare the suspension suggesting it was equal to roughly 22 games in a normal season, while others suspected that the length of Kelly’s suspension was meant to serve as a warning to others who might try to get even against Astros players who were not suspended for their part in the cheating scandal.

However you choose to interpret the suspension, writers had a lot to say about it, so let’s dive in.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.