Joe Kelly is not afraid to speak his mind, and the current Dodgers pitcher did not hold back when asked about the Astros' sign-stealing investigation, particularly the way it was handled by the players.
"The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense," Kelly said on "The Big Swing," a podcast hosted by teammate Ross Stripling, which was recorded earlier this month. "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 (expletive), and they don't have to get fined, they don't have to lose games."
He added: "When you take someone's livelihood ... to save your own ass, that's what I don't like. Cheating? They cheated. Everyone knows they're cheaters. They know they're cheaters. It's over. That's done with. But now they mess it up by ruining other people's lives, so they (expletive) 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."
Bench coach Alex Cora, manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeffrey Luhnow and Carlos Beltran were the only people to lose their jobs following the investigation.
"Maybe they have called AC (Cora) and said, 'Hey, I'm sorry.' Or called Luhnow and said, 'Hey, I'm sorry.' Or called Hinch, and (Carlos) Beltran," Kelly said. "... If they had said, 'Hey, I'm super-scared, I didn't know what to do, I didn't want to lose money, I had to rat.' ... Grow a pair of balls and say that."
Kelly was suspended eight games (reduced since to five) after throwing a pitch behind Alex Bregman and then taunting Carlos Correa during a game last month.
"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," Kelly said. "... They walked out of their dugout, walked toward us. Carlos Correa (expletive) 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.
"They have a manager (Dusty Baker) on their side, verbatim, yelling at me, 'Get your little skinny ass on the mound.' So my cuss words get eight games, and his cuss words get zero? That makes complete sense, right? Welcome to planet earth. A debacle."