The New York Yankees released their lineup via Twitter that still had one name blatantly missing: CLINT FRAZIER. The 25-year-old former 1st-round pick has been nothing short of an everyday player hitting .267 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in just 69 games just last year…
The team sent him down to the minor leagues to “work on his glove”, but when are they going to send some veterans down to work on their bats? Most players have flaws they could improve, but the Yankees used his struggles defensively to take advantage of a service-time scam.
Frazier currently sits at 1-year and 163-days of service time, so the Yankees have plenty control of him going forward. Short term contracts with players like 11-year veteran Brett Gardner have enabled the team to avoid calling Frazier up like we avoid jury duty.
Manager Aaron Boone claimed Frazier is now important to the team going forward.
Aaron Boone on Clint Frazier: “I expect him to play. I expect him to play an important role for us.”— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 11, 2020
Brett Gardner is hitting just .206 in the shortened season, so the idea Clint Frazier just now became a necessity is laughable. Doesn’t help that the team gave Aaron Hicks(hitting just .211) a $70 million, 7-year deal…
Sitting Clint Frazier to make room for the organization’s past mistakes compounds the problem. The front office wants to milk the veterans as long as they can so they can unleash Frazier when they absolutely have no other choice.
Frazier spoke out over his frustrations via Twitter(that have since been deleted) and who can blame him? He’s being held hostage like Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.
Where have we seen this before?
Remember when Kris Bryant was the best player in the Chicago Cubs organization, but they refused to call him up? The players will never forget…neither should the fans. Ownership has far too much power to manipulate the careers of deserving athletes. If you’re better than the players in your organization’s roster, you should be playing.
Does Clint Frazier need to work on his glove? 100%. But every player on the team’s depth chart has a flaw. If you want a player that’s flawless…call Mike Trout.
Frazier isn’t the only player currently being screwed over to convenience team ownership. Evidence can be found with the Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson or Seattle’s Jared Kelenic. Clear superstars that would benefit the big league roster.
Superstars sitting in the minor leagues off of mainstream TV to maximize team control. It’s gotten out of hand.
The time to recognize Clint Frazier as an emerging star is now. It’s going to take fan pressure and plenty of negotiating from the players accociation to extinguish the charade. Time will tell how long the Yankees can keep Frazier on ice…