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The Cincinnati Reds right-hander tweeted a video from inside the clubhouse showing off his custom cleats with Kelly’s likeness on one shoe and “Free Joe Kelly” on the other.
Kelly was punished after throwing pitches near the heads of Houston Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa on July 28 and mocking Correa as he walked off the mound, which resulted in the benches clearing.
While Kelly has had notable control issues, the Dodgers lost in the 2017 World Series to the Astros, who deployed a sign-stealing scheme throughout the season—though Kelly wasn’t with L.A. at the time.
MLB initially suspended Kelly for eight games but reduced the ban to five on appeal.
That still wasn’t good enough for Bauer, who will debut his message on the mound in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Royals. He’s also giving his followers a chance to win the cleats.
It won’t be the first time Bauer has caused a stir at Kauffman Stadium. It probably won’t be the last.