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Joe Kelly mural fleshed out after Dodgers pitcher says nasty words about Aroldis Chapman

Joe Kelly, Aroldis Chapman, Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed relief pitcher Joe Kelly became the talk of the town earlier in the season after becoming the first notable player to take out their aggression on the Houston Astros, who of course were caught cheating by Major League Baseball this past offseason.

Even with the Astros’ World Series title from 2017 now tainted forever, no players involved in the infamous scandal received suspensions—which did not sit well with most players from around the league, Kelly included.

As a result, Kelly threw behind Astros infielder Alex Bregman back in late July en route to an eight-game suspension, one that was ultimately reduced to five games. Not only that, but Kelly is now having a mural painted of his sarcastic pouting expression toward the Astros and another infielder in Carlos Correa hat will certainly live in infamy from here on out.

However, the plot has since thickened as New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman only received a three-game suspension for recently coming very close to hitting a Tampa Bay Rays player in the head with a 100 mph fastball.

“It definitely looks kind of fishy,” Kelly recently told reporters of the Chapman suspension, via SB Nation. “I obviously knew that he was a person again and with the language they’re using at me — it was always that I was a repeat offender. I already had one strike on my record and Chapman had the same exact thing.”

Kelly and the Dodgers and Chapman and the Yankees would only meet in 2020 in the case of a World Series face-off.

Although the Astros were not involved in Chapman’s incident with the Rays, his pitch near the head of infielder Mike Brosseau was infinity more dangerous of a play generally speaking. It remains to be seen how things play out for the Astros and other as the 2020 campaign progress toward October and the postseason.