From his arrival to the Yankees in 2016 from Cleveland in exchange for star reliever, Andrew Miller, Clint Frazier has seemingly always been on the outside looking in. Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, praised Frazier for his legendary bat speed. He was the Prince That Was Promised.
Then Aaron Judge won the Rookie of the Year and was the AL MVP runner up in 2017 while Aaron Hicks simultaneously became a beast when he was for sure a AAA player. So there are two outfield spots taken before Frazier even debuted.
Enter Giancarlo Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP and although he almost exclusively played DH, he also came over from Miami with a 10-year contract with several bajillion dollars so he will always be eligible to play the outfield over Clint.
Oh, and Brett Gardner may or may not be George Steinbrenner’s secret son as he continually signs 1-year contracts fresh off having the worst offseason at-bats anyone has ever seen. Andrew McCutchen was a far superior player when the Yankees traded for him and they didn’t even reach out to re-sign him because they just had to keep 53-year old Brett Gardner.
Fast forward to 2020 and Clint Frazier has played in 3 games this season. He has 7 hits in 11 at-bats. 3 doubles. 2 homers. 8 RBIs. He has a 459 wRC+. 459. Yes, obviously a small sample size but for comparison sake, he has more homers and RBIs than Gleyber Torres in 53 fewer at-bats and Gleyber is arguably the best player on the Yankees.
It’s being reported today that Aaron Judge is 100% healthy and ready to return to the lineup which means he’ll be starting in right field every day. Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner are still holding down the other outfield positions. And Mike Tauchman is casually batting .342 and I think we can all agree he’s a better defender than Clint which is more ideal for a backup outfielder. You want a late game defensive substitution. You don’t need a good bat sitting on the bench.
Clint Frazier turns 26 in September.
He’s entering the peak of his prime and this organization continues to treat him like he’s this teenage prospect that purchased from Latin America that must acclimate to the states. He was the 5th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft. He’s ready to start every day.
Yet somehow he’s fallen so far in the depth chart that Miguel Andujar has leapfrogged him. Andujar, a lifelong third baseman, is ahead of Frazier in the outfield depth chart. Andujar has yet to discover the bat that almost won him Rookie of the Year in 2018. He led the team in batting average and then blow out his shoulder missing almost all of 2019.
It is very clear what has happened: The Yankees don’t like him.
Clint Frazier has been a weirdo that has constantly challenged the organization and accused them of disliking him because he’s ‘different’ and when you constantly complain about your employer then uh, yea, of course your employer won’t like you. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. No one is ever going to like you as much as Aaron Judge. He looks like the Empire State Building and you look like Ron Weasley’s low confidence cousin.
Clint Frazier has no future with this team.
If Brett Gardner were to magically decide to retire than Giancarlo Stanton would just move to left field and the team would genuinely improve. As long as Mike Tauchman continues to produce then he’s the perfect backup and 4th outfielder.
Everyone enjoy masked-Clint smashing baseballs before they flip him for a starting pitcher and so they can drop JA Happ into a volcano. JA Happ has a 10.29 ERA right now. What in the fuck is going on?
Anyway yea, farewell Clint, you weirdo.