- Aroldis Chapman's three-game suspension for pitching at the head of a Tampa Bay Rays player reduced to two games on appeal
- Joe Kelly of the Dodgers likely trembled after receiving an eight-game suspension for similar actions against the Houston Astros, but that penalty was reduced to five games on appeal.
- Yankees / Rays rivalry is fiercer than ever as the two enter the 2021 season with World Series aspirations
In what will be a long, cold offseason in Major League Baseball, some news continues to leak here and there.
This time it is a disciplinary form, or perhaps the lack of it, as a New York Yankees player saw his suspension reduced on appeal for action that helped ignite what is now the one of the fiercest rivalries in all of Major League Baseball.
Chapman's suspension reduced on appeal
Yankees 'closest All-Star, Aroldis Chapman, saw his three-game suspension for pitching near the Tampa Bay Rays' Mike Brosseau header reduced to just two games on appeal.
Special Assistant to Commissioner John McHale Jr. heard the appeal and spoke out in favor of Chapman in this case.
Chapman was initially suspended during the season, but his appeal was not heard until the end of the season and he will serve the suspension to start next season. His initial suspension was announced by Chris Young, senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.
In a game between the Yankees and the Rays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on September 1, Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball that was zipped through Brosseau's head in the first pitch of a batting that took place. with two withdrawals in the ninth. inning with the Yankees holding a 5-3 lead.
A fastball by Arnoldis Chapman at 100.5 mph came a few inches from Mike Brosseau's head 😳
- Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) September 2, 2020
After the referees issued warnings to both dugouts, Rays manager Kevin Cash was kicked out of the game for arguing with the referee squad, likely wondering why his team got a warning when Chapman's actions could only be described as attempted homicide.
The hard-thrower left-hander averaged 98.2 mph on his heater last season, but consistently gets the pitch above 100. As of 2016, the 32-year-old was averaging 101 , Career 2 mph on the four-seamer, and despite a speed "dip", he remains one of baseball's toughest pitchers, ranking 9th in average fastball speed in 2020.
Chapman continued to punch Brosseau to finish the game, but the Rays utility infielder had the final say as he returned to Chapman at the end of Game 5 of the ALDS to send the Yankees racing and the Rays. at the ALCS to face Houston. Astros.
Mike Brosseau hits the solo shot on the 10th batting.
Against Aroldis Chapman. 🤐pic.twitter.com/pZ5OkLve9l
- Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) October 10, 2020
Joe Kelly is probably shaken up, but understands
Speaking of the Astros, a similar situation arose between them and Dodgers right-hander Joe Kelly in 2020.
During a game between the Dodgers and the Astros on July 28 in Houston - you know, the World Series game of the Astros cheating scandal in 2017 - Kelly threw a high pitch that narrowly missed the player's header. third baseman Alex Bregman before almost catching Carlos Correa with a few offerings soon after.
While Kelly was all over this outing most of the time, it was pretty obvious intention was involved, as was the case with Chapman. Kelly would continue to punch Correa on a nasty slider before emitting a pouting face before the two words exchanged, causing a clearance from the benches and a spike in mood.
Joe Kelly against the Astros last night. pic.twitter.com/704pdz5USr
- Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 29, 2020
It's also worth noting that Kelly was pointed somewhat as she first covered a potential double-play ball - probably unintentionally - followed by someone from the Astros dugout yelled at Kelly an oath regarding the return to the mound.
Still, whether it was the number of shots that narrowly missed Astros' hitters - two - or the pouting face that followed, Kelly was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball. Such a harsh and unprecedented punishment - in a 60-game season, no less - angered most baseball fans around the world, as it seemed the league was once again doing all they could to protect an Astros team. who had deceived everyone they faced in 2017 and potentially beyond. , including the Dodgers in this 2017 Fall Classic.
Kelly, who actually didn't play for the 2017 Dodgers but rather the 2018 Red Sox who beat the Dodgers in the ensuing World Series, had this to say about the lesser punishment Chapman inflicted on them. Dodgers media:
“It sounds really fishy to me. I had initially thought about this when I saw the Chapman thing. The language they used against me is that I was the repeat offender ... Chapman had the exact same thing, but I probably said a lot more words than Chapman said. I don't think the words I used for the people in these positions were very kind when the appeal process was cut off… ”
Kelly's suspension was ultimately reduced to five games on appeal.
Yankees / Rays rivalry among the best in baseball
Getting back to the rivalry between the Yankees and the Rays, he's certainly become one of the best in the sport lately.
The Rays upset the favored Yankees by running away with the AL East by seven games in 2020 before the ALDS Brosseau Tour gave them the ultimate revenge on Chapman and the Stripes.
Don't expect the rivalry to diminish anytime soon and we can only hope that the MLB schedule will revert to its standard of 162 games so we can see more than 19 fights between these two clubs in 2021 compared. to the 10 we attended. 2020, if running with five more in the playoffs.
Both will certainly enter the season with World Series aspirations. Yankees sport second-best, MyBookie says odds of winning the 2021 World Series at +550 with the 2020 Rays, winner of the AL Pennant, fourth at +1000. When it comes to the AL Pennant, the Yankees are favorites +275 with the Rays ranked second at +500 repeat.
I don't tolerate headhunting with 100mph radiators, but we can only hope that these intense rivalries will return to form in the near future.
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to rigoureux rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the second and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is réactive, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow notes the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field place.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If satisfaisant, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This initial play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a second kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the deuxième half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so course 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled 7 yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to puissance them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.