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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Dodgers’ Joe Kelly sounds off on Astros players’ handling of sign-stealing investigation

Kelly made his comments as a guest on “The Big Swing,” a podcast hosted by teammate Ross Stripling.

“The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense,” Kelly said. “Yes, everyone is involved. But the way that [sign-stealing system] was run over there was not from coaching staff. ... They’re not the head boss in charge of that thing. It’s the players. So now the players get the immunity, and all they do is go snitch like a little b——, and they don’t have to get fined, they don’t have to lose games.”....

“When you take someone’s livelihood ... to save your own ass, that’s what I don’t like,” Kelly said. “Cheating? They cheated. Everyone knows they’re cheaters. They know they’re cheaters. It’s over. That’s been there, done that. But now they mess it up by ruining other people’s lives, so they f—-ed it up twice. ... When you taint someone’s name to save your own name, this is one of the worst things that you could probably do. ... That really friggin’ bugs me. I think I’ll be irritated forever.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2020 at 05:52 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: August 13, 2020 at 06:12 PM (#5969481)
Kelly's suspension was reduced from 8 games to 5 games, btw
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 13, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5969486)
Understandable given these comments make it clear he wasn't doing it on purpose.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 13, 2020 at 07:24 PM (#5969508)
A Joe Kelly to Astros trade might be difficult.
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 13, 2020 at 07:47 PM (#5969512)
Kelly said MLB's contention that he incited the Astros to leave their dugout with his actions is "completely bulls---."
"I socially distanced. I walked away. I didn't get close, and I followed all the guidelines of the CDC, and people on the other side [the Astros] didn't," he said. "... They walked out of their dugout, walked toward us. Carlos Correa f---ing spit at our team. I don't know if it was [at] me. He spit out of his mouth. ... This guy walks over to our dugout and then spits, while I follow all the rules, and I get eight games."
I like this.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 13, 2020 at 07:50 PM (#5969513)
He spit out of his mouth.
In fairness, probably the least problematic of the possible orifices.
   6. Addie Joss Posted: August 13, 2020 at 08:59 PM (#5969530)
Sounds like Kelly is proud of himself for not snitching on his own teammates and coaches during the numerous times the Red Sox cheated while he was with them in 2017-18.
   7. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: August 14, 2020 at 12:26 AM (#5969563)
Poor Joey Cora... those awful players dragged him into this. It's not like he was one of the ringleaders of the cheating scheme or anything...
   8. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 14, 2020 at 06:10 AM (#5969567)
   9. The Duke Posted: August 14, 2020 at 08:39 AM (#5969571)
Well, it’s a noble but misplaced sentiment. Without their testimony, we really wouldn’t know. Only suspect. This is the value of unions for those that hate them - they were protected because the union had bargained rights for them. Joe kelly is saying he doesn’t like his union?

As for the GM/manager/coaches, these people are not just complicit but by their actions, leaders of the cheating. They all deserved everything they got and more. Hinch and Luhnow knew exactly what was going on. Its a cultural issue, win at all costs. In my mind their penalties were not severe enough. Luhnow should have been banned outright and Hinch/Beltran/Cora should have gotten at least 5 years. If you want cheating to stop, you need to come down hard on coaches - it forces the cheating into the dark where it’s much harder to do. It goes without saying that’s it’s outrageous that Crane wasn’t penalized. He should have lost his precious title
   10. Astroenteritis Posted: August 14, 2020 at 09:41 PM (#5969733)
A Joe Kelly to Astros trade might be difficult.

I don't know, considering at one point last week ten of the eleven relief pitchers on Houston's roster were rookies, Kelly would be an instant help. Maybe Mike Fiers will become available, too!

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