Frazier responds to Arrieta's comments

July 7th, 2019

NEW YORK -- A day after Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta said he would “dent [Todd Frazier's] skull” following an on-field argument that resulted in Frazier's ejection, the Mets third baseman brushed aside that comment, while indicating that he wants his teammates to have a chance to retaliate for a preponderance of beanballs.

“He can say what he wants,” Frazier said of Arrieta. “I’m just sick of getting hit, especially by this team. At the end of the day, he can say what he wants. A little overboard, but we’ve just got to keep playing. I’m glad we won the game yesterday, and hopefully some things change. I’ve gotten hit four times now, and enough’s enough.”

Phillies pitchers have hit Frazier with pitches three times this season, including twice this weekend. Following the last of those on Saturday, Frazier barked at home-plate umpire Tripp Gibson, who subsequently warned both benches, then ejected Frazier for arguing that decision.

After the game, Arrieta said that the pitch was not on purpose, and that if Frazier had issue with it, “He can come see me.”

Frazier did not discuss the matter on Saturday night. But when he returned to the park on Sunday, Frazier said: “We’ve got to take matters into our own hands sometimes.”

“That’s the game of baseball,” Frazier continued. “You’re going to hit our guys, we get a chance to hit theirs. Maybe that’s not the game anymore, but that’s how I grew up playing the game.”

Some of Frazier’s frustrations stemmed from the fact that in his estimation, Mets pitchers have not retaliated for all the beanballs. While Philadelphia pitchers had hit 12 Mets batters this season entering Sunday's series finale, including three on Saturday, New York pitchers had plunked half as many Phillies.

“I don’t think all of them are a coincidence,” Frazier said. “How many times have we been hit, 12 times? Eleven or 12 times by one team? You think all of them are a coincidence? I don’t know. But for me, in baseball, people get hit. You do it 12 times, there’s a couple of those that are going to be on purpose.”

Frazier referenced an April 24 game in which Mets reliever Jacob Rhame threw near the head of Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Major League Baseball subsequently suspended Rhame, and the Mets optioned him to the Minors. With that suspension hanging over him, Rhame has yet to earn a call-up back to the Majors.

“But he didn’t even hit nobody,” Frazier said. “He got fined, got suspended two games. He won’t get called up the rest of the year. But we got hit 12 times and there’s no repercussions.

“I’ve gotten hit too many times by the same team. My reaction was warranted, and we’ll see what happens next.”