Tyler Austin, Joe Kelly Suspended After Yankees-Red Sox Fight; Both Players To Appeal Multi-Game Bans
Joe Kelly, Tyler Austin suspensions for Red Sox-Yankee Brawl
Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin was banned for five games and Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended six contests for brawling in the seventh inning of New York’s 10-7 victory at Fenway Park.
Austin’s punishment was for “charging the mound and fighting,” while Kelly’s ban was for “intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting.” Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, dealt the suspensions.
Both players will try to appeal their bans, according to the Boston Herald.
The league also reportedly fined New York’s third base coach Phil Nevin and Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Yankees manager Aaron Boone denounced Nevin’s actions, which included yelling at the opposing team’s dugout. Cora said he could not tell if Nevins was yelling at him or at someone else.
Kelly claimed that his 98-mph pitch that hit Austin was accidental, though some believe it may have been a way of retaliating for a rough slide the Bombers designated hitter made earlier in Wednesday’s game. The slide ended with Austin’s cleat spikes digging into Boston shortstop Brock Holt.
“It’s a pitch that got away on a cold night,” Kelly told the Herald. “Not like I had perfect command. It’s not like I have Greg Maddux command. We’ll see what happens. I don’t think I should be suspended. It wasn’t a blowout game. We were still in that ballgame. We had a big rally the inning before.”
The Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-3 in Thursday’s three-game series finale at Fenway Park.