HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 28: Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.
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Joe Kelly was suspended for throwing at Alex Bregman’s head and New York Mets starter Marcus Stroman doesn’t understand why.

Tuesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly made a lot of fans and a lot of enemies when he threw at Alex Bregman.

He was clearly headhunting in retaliation for the Astros’ cheating scandal—the first pitcher to do so in the regular season. However, he wasn’t ejected from the game and finished the inning. He later threw at Carlos Correa’s head before striking him out and taunting him on the way to the dugout.

Wednesday morning comes and MLB has decided to suspend Kelly eight games for headhunting. That’s the equivalent of a 22-game suspension in a 162-game season. Count New York Mets starter Marcus Stroman among those who don’t understand the league’s response.

Stroman doesn’t believe Kelly should be suspended at all. In fact, he believes that MLB should be taking action against the players who cheated. This was simply a response to their prior actions.

The logical answer lies in the middle. Kelly deserves to be suspended for headhunting. No player, no matter how dirty or how low they’ve sunk, deserves to be hit in the head. It’s dangerous and could kill someone if the pitcher isn’t careful.

However, the Astros players getting off without any punishment has never made sense. They all cheated to win a World Series. The organization got hurt for it, the front office got hurt, the manager got hurt, and hell, even Carlos Beltran, who was a player on that World Series team, got hurt for it. Yet, none of the current Astros have suffered any repercussions.

Kelly’s actions are understandable. He was angry and hates that the game he loves has been defiled and nobody is doing anything about it. However, that’s no reason to potentially endanger someone’s life.

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