Jed Hoyer: Cubs-Rockies Bad Blood Shouldn't Linger

The teams exchanged beanballs in the Cubs' win Wednesday.

McNeil & Parkins Show
June 13, 2019 - 3:18 pm
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) reacts after being hit by a pitch by the Cubs.

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(670 The Score) A day after the Cubs and Rockies engaged in an exchange of beanballs and outwardly displayed animosity toward one another, Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer on Thursday acknowledged there's bad blood between the teams but added he doesn't expect it to linger.

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"We've had a lot of battles with them," Hoyer said on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Thursday. "They're a very good team. They're really tough to play in that ballpark, and sometimes over the course of a season, there's some frustration that boils over. Unless we meet those guys in the playoffs, we don't play again (this season). In general, there were no fights, there were no big dustups. I think it was kind of handled the right way, and it's over. It will probably have no lasting effect if we don't play them again this year. I'm sure it won't roll over into next year.

"It's two teams competing. I don't think it's anything more than that. It got a little bit heated. We played six games. We won three, and they won three. It's a pretty tight, good rivalry between two teams that met in the playoffs."

In Chicago's 10-1 win Wednesday, Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels hit Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado on the left forearm in the third inning. That led to Arenado barking at Hamels and the Cubs' dugout before taking his base, and he would leave the game two innings later with a forearm contusion.

"It didn't look right to me," Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters when asked if the Cubs hit Arenado on purpose.

Later in the game, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Hamels were each hit, as was Rockies catcher Tony Wolters.

In the opening two games of the series, Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant was hit a combined three times. The two teams' history dates back further as well. Bryant was sidelined in 2018 after Rockies right-hander German Marquez hit him in the head, and Colorado eliminated Chicago with a 2-1 win in 13 innings in the National League wild-card game.

Asked about his stance on retaliatory pitches, Hoyer saw both sides.

"In general, when teams feel like that's something that they need to police, if our guys are getting hit too often and pitchers are sort of taking liberties and being able to pitch inside too much, I think teams feel like that's on them to police that and protect their hitters," Hoyer said. "That's sort of the way the game has always been. There's no doubt there's an archaic nature to it. I think there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. I think if you want to send a message, do it in a way that's not going to get a guy hurt -- hit a guy low in his body. In general, I don't think it's a wonderful part of our game. It's a kind of thing in some ways that you wish would go away. But as long as people are pitching inside and hitting guys, I think there's always going to be a sense of protection for your own guys.

"There's times it's going to get heated and they're going to feel like they need to stand up for their team. So I just think that yeah, of course, we don't want guys throwing projectiles at each other, but at the same time, it is the nature of our sport. There are going to be times guys feel the need to stand up for their teammates."