Joe Maddon on throwing at Astros: Angels won’t, but ‘I could get it a little bit’ for Dodgers
Don't expect any fireworks when the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels square off Friday for the first time since the former's sign-stealing scandal rocked Major League Baseball. At least on Joe Maddon's watch.
Despite any harsh feelings his pitching staff may harbor, the first-year Halos skipper has instructed his hurlers to keep it clean.
That's not to say Maddon doesn't empathize with teams that feel they were wronged by the Astros' transgressions.
"We’ve talked about playing baseball, straight up," Maddon said Wednesday, according to the Orange County Register. "That’s what I’m anticipating. That’s all I’m looking for. What happened (Tuesday), if you were immediately impacted by (the sign stealing), I could get it a little bit. But then you saw the commissioner’s response, regarding what happened. So you got to choose the method you want to incorporate, and I would prefer that we just go play baseball."
Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon (70) calls out to the umpires during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. (Photo: Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports)
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly was suspended eight games for throwing behind Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and inside on Carlos Correa, before exchanging words with the shortstop that led to both benches clearing.
In February, Houston manager Dusty Baker asked MLB to protect his team from "premeditated" beanballs.
The Astros defeated the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series. In January, an MLB investigation revealed Houston employed a player-driven, electronic sign-stealing scheme to alert hitters of incoming pitches.
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