Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen isn’t planning on hitting Astros players this season.
One of the potential highlights to the strange and abbreviated 2020 MLB season will be seeing the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Houston Astros in up to four regular season games.
Because major league baseball wants to restrict travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Dodgers will play all of their games against opponents within the National League West and their counterpart American League West.
While fans won’t be in attendance to voice their frustration about the Houston Astros sign-stealing their way to a World Series championship over the Dodgers in 2017, the players will get their chance to exact some revenge on the field.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen feels cheated by the Astros, but won’t throw at them.
However, don’t expect Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to throw at anybody.
“I feel like we are the true champions in 2017,” Jansen said on The Sedano Show on Wednesday. “It should be us, we got cheated. But if we’re going to play (The Astros) this year, I’m not going to throw at them. That’s not cool. I don’t wish anybody to do that, to throw at people. Just play them and try to be my best.”
After defeating the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series, it was later revealed that the Astros used a variety of illegal techniques to warn hitters of impending pitch types.
Dodgers players have not been shy in voicing their frustration about being “cheated” in 2017, with Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling saying in February that he “probably would” throw at an Astros hitter to retaliate.
The Astros fired manager AJ Hinch in the wake of the scandal and replaced him with veteran skipper Dusty Baker. When asked if he had anything to say to the Dodgers, Baker pointed the finger back at Los Angeles, saying everyone has something to hide.
“Well, I don’t think you say nothing to them,” Baker said on the Starkville podcast with Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville. “They’ve done quite a bit of talking themselves. And nobody is beyond some kind of guilt. Everybody got something that they don’t want somebody to know about. Nobody lives in glass houses.”
If all goes as planned, the 2020 season will begin with two primetime games on July 23. While MLB hasn’t released the details of who will be playing that night, wouldn’t it be fun if the first match-up we see this season is between the Dodgers and Astros? Here’s hoping!