Joe Kelly continues to speak his mind on the Astros cheating scandal.
On Wednesday, Kelly won his appeal and had his suspension reduced from eight games to five games.
Kelly appeared on a previously recorded podcast from Dodgers teammate Ross Stripling’s, “The Big Swing,” to discuss the sign-stealing and confrontation.
The episode was taped earlier in August before the league reduced Kelly’s suspension.
“The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense,” Kelly said on the podcast. “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 bitch, and they don’t have to get fined, they don’t have to lose games.”
“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 f—– 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.”
Kelly remains on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, and his suspension will take place once he returns to the active roster.