Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp’s instincts took over as he ran through a catcher who was blocking his path to home plate Wednesday night. The catcher, Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers, must have been expecting Kemp to just be tagged out.
Notice also in the above video that after Kemp shoved Chirinos hard, Chirinos didn’t want any part of the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, who looked ready to clean house.
Kemp and Chirinos were ejected for their roles in the fracas.
MLB rules governing plays at home plate allow for contact when the catcher has the ball and is in the way, but it’s likely Kemp would have been called out even if Chirinos had dropped the ball. The rulebook comment on Rule 6.01(i)(1) makes that outcome seem clear. The relevant portion of that comment:
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According to DallasNews.com, the suspension will cost Irving $685,000.
This marks the second-straight season Irving will miss the first four games due to a suspension. The NFL suspended him last year for violating the league’s PED policy.
It’s been a tough offseason for the 24-year-old defensive tackle. In April, Irving’s ex-girlfriend, Angela Sanchez, accused him of domestic abuse in Frisco, Texas. She later retracted those claims.
He also received sole custody of his 5-year-old daughter this spring.
I ain’t got time to be messing around, getting in trouble like I have been, Irving told DallasNews.com Thursday. I have to make a lot of changes. My whole life basically changed this offseason quickly all at once.
Irving will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season.